Meet the Women Farmers Who Kept Agriculture Alive During WWII

By Patricia Bianca S. Taculao

As the World War II intensified, more men were deployed to fight for their country. In the meantime, the women took to the fields cared for the land, leaving no idle hands during the war.

The Women’s Land Army was a British civilian organization created during WWI and WWII. Its goal is for women to take the places of men in the field of agriculture. Those who worked the WLA were known as “Land Girls.”

While the WLA was established in England, its influence for managing the fields while the men were away spread to different parts of the world. The United States of America also had their own Women’s Land Army.

Here are some photos taken of the Land Girls while they were doing their work. 

It was the Board of Agriculture that organized the WLA in 1939. Since war was becoming more likely, Britain needed resources and all the help they can get to keep the country going.

In December 2007, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) recognized the women who did their part for their country with a specially designed commemorative badge given to surviving members.

The badge was awarded in July 28 to more than 45,000 Land Girls.

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Patricia Bianca S. Taculao
Patricia Taculao, or Patty as she likes to be called, is a content producer for Manila Bulletin Digital Lifestyle. She graduated from University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. She loves to spend her free time, reading, painting, and watching old movies.

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