Women Working the Land

In 1914, shortly after Britain declared war, two women from Brantford, Ontario, led the effort to support the troops from home via agriculture (Norman, 2012). During this time, with the men away at war, women were left to take care of not only the children and homesteads, but the farms as well (Government of Canada, 2017). Canadian women that took up work in agriculture were backed by government entities, such as the Farm Service Corps, that aimed to entice women to work the land in place of the men (Canadian War Museum, n.d.). During this time, women would be responsible for all the duties on the farm, such as planting and pruning, harvesting, packaging and sending off crops to be shipped (Taylor, 2014). These women were referred to as Farmerettes (Canadian War Museum, n.d), and were integral in maintaining a food supply during the war. While women may have always had a place on the farm, it was now left solely to them to maintain them while their husbands were away.

Women Working the Land

This image depicts women performing various farming tasks. They are tending to both crops and livestock (1916). Women were maintaining farms while the men were away at war. This collection of photos depicts women working with the National Land Council to tend to their farms.

Harvesting at Selkirk

A man and a woman are harvesting the land. The woman stands atop the hay pile on the cart (1915). This is a photo from a farm in Selkirk, PEI. This photo displays the significance of women tending to farms.

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