The government slogan advertising the WLA was ‘For a healthy, happy job, join the Women’s Land Army’. But why did women join the WLA?
Below are a list of the some of reasons which influenced women to join the Land Army:
- To avoid working in munitions
- It allowed girls to volunteer at the age of 17 ½, a lower age compared to the other services
- Parental influence that the Women’s Land Army was ‘better’ than the other services
- Enrolling on impulse – wanting a spontaneous change from their daily life
- Farms in the nearby area were in need of volunteers
- Failing the WAAF (Women’s Auxiliary Air force) medical test
- An alternative to joining the women’s fighting services
- It was the least regimented of the other forms of women’s war work and the most different
- It suited women’s individual character traits – some women preferred working, or the idea of working, in the outdoors
- A sense of independence and escaping their current life and relationships
- The uniform; yes, this is true, some joined because they liked the uniform so much. Unlike the other women’s services uniforms, women could wear breeches!
Despite being willing volunteers, some were apprehensive about leaving a stable and reliable job which there was no guarantee they could return to after the war.
In The Archives
Find out more
- Want to listen to an interview with a Land Girl on why she joined the Women’s Land Army? Click here to listen to Women’s Land Army historian, Stuart Antrobus, interviewing Joyce Ingle (nee Irving)
- Want to find out more about why women chose to join the Women’s Land Army ? Read ‘Going Back to the Land’: Rhetoric and Reality in Women’s Land Army memories by Alison Woodeson.
Mant, Joan. All Muck No Medals: Landgirls by Landgirls. Leicester: Book Guild Publishing Ltd, 1994.