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Woman’s Land Army buckle and photo, 1919

Photos by Kevin Grady/Radcliffe Institute

Photos by Kevin Grady/Radcliffe Institute

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After hearing a Woman’s Land Army of America recruiter speak at the University of Chicago chapel, Mildred E. Buller Smith left her premedical classes and signed up to be a “farmerette.” In uniform, Smith (this is her belt buckle) and thousands of other young women took on all sorts of farm labor on the rural home front after men were called to wartime service. 

Mildred E. Buller Smith Papers

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