International Womens Day was 8th March 2014
Recently I was contacted regarding International Womens day…. not something I knew about but apparently DEFRA were working with media in an effort to promote women in agriculture…..
Thought I would have a look to see what the day is all about and I found an article on IBT. I also found and interesting article on Farmers weekly on Women in agriculture. But this is a different. It is refreshing to see an different view of women at work and see how things are from another side.
I am not about to crop my hair, have bulging biceps, sprout whiskers in my chin (well i hope not) and try to do my husbands job. He can be the one to maintain that look I am happy with my long tresses and lippy! However, my role on the farm is evolving.
I am among the many women that get asked on a regular basis “When do you think you will go back to work”. It is only in the last month that I think people have started to accept that I do work, but I am also mum of a 22 month old! I have a full time job.
I am not conventionally employed, I have become self employed to support the business Luke & I have set up together. That word ‘together’ is forgotten by many when agriculture is the topic. I think it is just an oversight rather than anything more. Most can directly see the excellent work Luke does!
Luke is the Braun, he is the dirty, smelly, mucky one (he’ll love me for writing that). I am the ‘other side’ but still working just as hard. You certainly wouldn’t get Luke on a computer doing sums or building a website, or even cleaning!! There is plenty to do aside from livestock and management of our Daycare Clients, i would bore you if I had to list it all.
I really support women in agriculture, most are far more involved in the outdoors aspects than I. It will change for me in time I am sure, but my ‘convenient’ situation of being 7 months pregnant has ruled me out of hands-on farming especially for lambing season!!
I have not seen much press about the ‘day’ but I am pleased it exists and I was made aware of it.
At the end of the day the more women in agriculture can surely only be a benefit. The average age of farmers at the moment is over 50 so hopefully bringing women in to agriculture will bring a new dimension and help to reduce that average age. Maybe even encourage older farmers to pass on farms to the younger generations?
Farming is a way of life so not something to easily give up! You can’t help falling in love with it when you can step outside and see sights such as this!