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Farmerettes harvesting a peach crop during WWI

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During WWI, American women had to take the jobs that were left vacant by the men fighting on the war front. And of caurse these jobs include the cultivation and harvesting of crops needed to feed the armed forces, the civilian population, and our allies. During WWI women of all ages from schools and colleges, from professional and business offices, and from homes in towns and cities joined the farmerettes who came to the aid of farmers in 1917 an 1918. These farmerettes pictured are harvesting a peach crop on a farm near Leesburg, VA, in August 1917.

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