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Saturday 8 July 1916 - A word to the farmers

Category World War I: Labour issues/Military Tribunals
The Evesham Journal
Transcription of article


And now a word to the farmers. When asked whether they have considered the possibility of employing women to do the work of some of their men, they scorn the very idea, and allege that women cannot do it. We have heard men say that women cannot do work that everybody knows women are doing and doing very well. Thereby the farmers are injuring their own case. Only a day or two ago a farmer stated before a certain Tribunal that women did not know which end of a rake to catch hold of. This gentleman no doubt considered his remark quite smart, but in reality it simply showed his complete ignorance of what is going on around  him. It would be well if farmers of this type followed the example of some of their more enlightened neighbours and took a wider view of things.