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Farm Service Corps (“Farmerettes”) By: Osama Saleemi

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Overview Who are farmerettes? Farmerettes or farm service girls were women who worked on farms during the war. They were usually girls from high school or college. Farmerettes were girls who wanted to help Canada through the Great War they were usually girls from the city. Some girls would leave university to help Canada. Why were they employed? Farmerettes were employed because many of the young men who worked in farms were conscripted to go to war. Many of the older women who used to work in the farms before the war, were sent out to work in munitions factories, so that’s why young women were hired to work on farms. How were they treated? Farmerettes were not treated well, the camps that they used to live in were also very non-hygienic. Farmerettes had very low wages but many of the farmerettes joined to help Canada since they were the ones who supplied most of the food to the allies.

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Description: Women sitting on a farm laughing, it is most probably a picture to advertise and try to convince women to try to join the farmerettes. Context: It’s a picture of farmerettes in Ontario to promote farmerettes to the women in the cities, the photo was taken in 1918 Reliability: The picture only shows one setting when they are not doing any work. This might help historian see how the government tricked people into thinking farmerettes is fun

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“They are through with suffragetting,  They have laid aside their knitting; They are gaily farmeretting Where the butterflies are flitting And the wiggly, woolly caterpillar feeds. When the little meadow - sparrows Chirp their morning obligatos, In their vegetable marrows And the turnips and tomatoes They are waging deadly warfare on the weeds. And they'll fill the land with brightness,  And the bull will cease to bellow; And they'll teach the pig politeness,  And with ditties soft and mellow They will put the young asparagus to bed.” -Arthur Guiterman Description: A poem that describes how helpful the farmerettes were. Context: This poem was written by Arthur Guilterman during the Great War, this poem was about the farmerettes and how they are helping through the war. It was published in September 11 1918. Reliability: This poem does not show the view of the farmerettes it only shows what they do during work

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Description: A poster encouraging women to work in farms context: This is a poster from the government to try to encourage young women to work in farms Reliabily: The poster is biased because the job would no be that happy because of the heat. Historians might use this to understand how the government employed people

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Historical Significance Farmerettes were very important because they helped Canada's home front and increased the number of troops by taking the job of young farmers and letting them go fight in the war. Farmerettes also increased women's independence in Canada by becoming heroes. The farmerettes helped produce the food that the troops ate. Farmerettes proved that women can do hard jobs such as farming in extreme heat or cold.

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Bibliography "Farmerettes Of World War One." Virtual Museum Of Canada. CHIN, n.d. Web. 01 Apr. 2013. "Farming and Food." - History of the First World War - Life at Home During the War. Ed. Dr. Tim Cook. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Apr. 2013. Mackenzie, David, ed. Canada And T First World War. Toronto: n.p., 2005. Print.