Women's Land Army delivered a new breed of farm worker to America's farms during the war years.
Poster of a woman driving a Red Cross truck and a woman on a Farmall tractor with the text "Now farm work is war work," and "Join the Farm Victory Volunteers."
A Life magazine cover photo of 17-year-old WLA member Shirley Armstrong, Duluth, Minn., picking sweet corn for a Minnesota farmer.
This 1944 Farm Journal cover painting by Paul E. Nonnast depicts a young farm wife, proudly wearing a Blue Star ribbon on her collar to show her husband is in the service, heading to town with a truckload of tomatoes.
Land Army poster from 1943.
Courtesy West Australian Newspapers
Mrs. Jim Norris working in the field near Pie Town, N.M.
Courtesy Library of Congress
In this 1944 magazine ad, a farmer’s wife and young daughter pitch in to help with the haying while he mows.
The woman on the left wears a World War II WLA uniform; the woman on the right models a 1918 World War I ensemble from the New York WLA.
Mrs. Sam Crawford, wearing her WLA uniform, harvesting tobacco in Maryland in 1943.
Courtesy U.S. National Archives
Women picking cotton near Clarksdale, Miss., November, 1940.