After training at the National Service School, located near where Sibley Hospital is today, young women who were more used to dresses and high-society events than overalls and barns, headed out to the farms to do basically everything: hoeing, planting, weeding, thinning, harvesting, picking, milking, threshing, pitching, shocking, packing, plowing, and driving. The farmers were impressed with how hard the girls worked, and how good they were at farm work.
Around the country, an estimated 15,000 women worked for the WLAA in 28 states, while others volunteered on college farms or through the YWCA.
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