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ARMY OF 400,000, WOMEN.

The British Government hag decided to take steps to emphasise the appeal for women to work on the land by organising a recruiting campaign on popular lines. It is proposed (says tbe "Daily News") that an armlet shall be ba issued to women who are willing to undertake farm work and that they shall be entitled to wear a special uniform. Every village in tbe country will be canvassed by members of women's committees ap • pointed for each county, and all those who volunteer will be registered aud given Fan armlet. The uniform which consists of coat and shirt, stout boots and gaiters, will be issued at a low wholesale price as soon as the agricultural recruits are called up. Already 250000 men have been with drawn from agricultural, and it is an tieipated that a further 100,000 will be ea'led up under tbe Derby scheme. In a few months practically only the starred men, the shepherds and the ploughmen, and others whose skill and experience make them indispensable will remain. If the Agriculture of tbe country is to be carried on with out any production it is essential that an army of at least 400, 000 women should be mobilised. The proposal to recruit a largo army of women for agiiculture work is be ing viewed by the farmers of South west Lancashire with a questioning and critical eye. While admiUing that the problem of farm labour has become alarmingly acute in consequence of tbo war, and tbat with the calling up of all single men, it will assuredly become even more insistent for remedial measures, yet, so far as this part of the country is concerned, they are by no means confident tbat a solution will be found in the orgar,i?ation of a vast army of women workers, . , .

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ARMY OF 400,000, WOMEN., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3540, 28 April 1916

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ARMY OF 400,000, WOMEN. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3540, 28 April 1916

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