World War I and Montgomery County 

Grit and Gusto:  Farmerettes and Suffragettes on the Homefront in WWI **NEW**
Speaker: Judy Welles

On the celebration of Centennial of America’s entry into World War I, this new presentation highlights how women in Maryland rallied to new involvement and activism during 1917-1918. In the rural areas of Maryland, including Montgomery County, farms suffered extreme shortages of workers as men left for the war. At the same time, America became the main food source not only for feeding people at home and for American soldiers abroad but also for the people of Europe on the brink of starvation. Farm work became a patriotic crusade for women, and suffragettes encouraged a new kind of farm worker called farmerette. Female grit and gusto made a difference in Maryland during the war.  And World War I led to passage of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote.