Image Description: The county experimental hop yard recruited Oregon State College coeds for a quick job of hoeing. Left to right: Alice Root, Mary Lou George, Marie Hansen, Ruby Carlos, Shirley Young, Margaret Eefsen
Original Collection: Harriet’s Collection
Item Number: HC972
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Women's Land Army "Women of all ages and from a variety of backgrounds played an integral role in the success of the Emergency Farm Labor Service. Women who were recruited to work became part of a nationwide group known as the Women's Land Army (WLA). The WLA had its own insignia and uniform, although the uniform was not widely adopted. Soon after passage of Public Law 45, statewide responsibility for the WLA was given to Mabel Mack, the OSC Extension Service's nutrition specialist. "Most women worked on a "day haul" basis -- they lived at home and were transported to farms by personal cars, growers' trucks, or school buses. They hoed, weeded, thinned, and harvested crops of all kinds. Many supervised youth platoons, especially teachers out of school for the summer. A few worked year round, especially on poultry and dairy farms. Others worked in canneries or were leaders for recruiting other women. Nearly 135,000 placements of women were made in Oregon from 1943 through 1947." – Oregon State Archives
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Again, thanks! Actually, this is one of my favorite photos... We currently have an exhibit in our reference room featuring photographs from a joint project by the Oregon State Archives and the OSU Archives called "Fighters on the Farmfront," and I've made sure I can see this photo from my spot on the desk -- the woman in front always makes me smile.
Wonderful! I've added it to my favorites.
ooh I love this!!
Hoe's with hoes