Woman’s War Agricultural Committee – June 1915

We who undertake the canvassing for the Women’s War Agricultural Committee receive many pleasing impressions. One of the pleasantest is the way in which the women who have previously worked on the land mostly as farm servants regard eagerly or wistfully, according to whether they can or cannot go, the prospect of a return to the romantic atmosphere of the fields.

When I first undertook the women’s agricultural canvas my friends kindly did their duty to their country by throwing pailfuls of ice cold water over me and bringing forward every possible objection to the scheme. Nobody would offer to work and they wouldn’t be any use if they did go into the fields.

The farmers wouldn’t have them and so on through other variations. In two cases out of three, the women who answered the door had a baby in their arms or a toddler at her feet. But some are making arrangements to leave infants with relatives. The people we now have to convert are the farmers themselves. (She canvassed in town and addressed people in the streets).

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