Working on the Land
Have a look at the recruitment rally poster and the report extract.
What type of skills were being sought ? Why might these women no longer be employed on farms ?
Why was there a need to encourage women to work the land ?
Do you think the issue of a fair wage was important in a time of war ?
What does the wording of the advert tell you about how important this was ?
Look at the advert for the farming competition.
What were some of the activities the women were competing in ?
What does this type of competition tell you about some attitudes to women working the land ?
Look at the postcard
The writer of the card is the lady holding the chicken. What type of farm does this seem to be ?
Read her letter on the back. Why do you think she might be looking to go and work in a hospital instead ?
How does she feel about, it do you think ?
Such was the importance of the Farming competitions that the Bishop’s Stortford competition was filmed for Pathe News.
The film can be sourced HERE
Transcript of postcard :
I intended to write before, but it did not get done, I suppose May will have told you I am going to have a try at hospital work. I wonder how I shall like it – That is an ‘armlet’ girl next to me, who goes round with the milk cart. The man in the cart is called up now. Love…