“Farm woman checking pantry supplies”

Probably by George Ackerman, South Dakota, July 1936.

Traditionally, “women’s work” on the farm included chores like caring for smaller animals, vegetable gardening, child rearing, housework, and food preservation. By 1936, when this photo was taken, the farm woman’s role as the family’s primary shopper had become more central as a range of consumer goods were more widely available.

National Archives, Records of the Extension Service (33-SC-22108c)