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Woman reclining on a beach

Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House and the changing status of women in the 1920s

William Hatherell (1855-1928)

A Land Girl 1915-1918 c.1923

RCIN 927065

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This portrait of a woman serving with the Women’s Land Army (WLA) is a patriotic reminder of the invaluable contribution that women made towards the war effort. This organisation, created in 1915 by the Board of Agriculture, employed women in farm work such as crop picking, which would have normally been undertaken by men. The WLA was disbanded in 1919, but revived in June 1939 before the beginning of the Second World War.