You can take the country out of the girl but you can’t take the girl out of the country

“Farmerettes”

Oh, we are the farmerettes,
Done up in assorted sets.
It was such a pity
To stay in the city
Along with the slackerettes.

A verse composed by V. M. Wright (possibly of Toronto, Ontario) and published: “The Globe”, Toronto, Ontario Saturday, February 9, 1918, page 10 (Women’s Section)

Here is a humourous versified perspective by some women who call into question what other women are doing or not doing to aid the war effort.

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3 Responses to You can take the country out of the girl but you can’t take the girl out of the country

  1. Hari says:

    The sentiment of this poem seems very wrong-headed given the important work in Canada and England of women in cities in war production, especially in munitions factories, which could be dangerous.

    Or in the heartbreaking work of nursing the mentally and physically wounded.

    It seems more likely that the “slackerettes” were the “farmerettes” since Canadian rural women had always worked hard on the farms as settlers or after.

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    • Thanks Hari for your response. However you must consider the circumstances and context of who, when, where and why the verse was written. As I stated it is possible plus that this brief “ditty” was actually written by an American. Nevertheless references to “farmerettes”, “huns” (aka your other post of same date) again needs to be reconsidered as to the actual time, place and circumstances in which these verses were generated.

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