2018 Student Research Conference:
31st Annual Student Research Conference

Agriculturalists: The Biased Experience

Jessica N. Kincade
Dr. Jessica Colpoys and Dr. Nancy Daley-Moore, Faculty Mentors

Over the last thirty years the US has seen the creation and flourishing of numerous empowerment groups for women in the agricultural field (USDA, 2004). However, the last ten years have shown a decrease in the gross amount and percentage of women in the field (USDA, 2004). It is one belief that current changes in representation and persistent social inequality within the industry have a large impact on the way women perceive and progress through farming careers. The challenges female agriculturalists face are real, though the majority make the issue into a joke (Brown, 2016). Women should be encouraged to pursue careers within the field, not given a snide and disparaging comment when they attempt to do more than operate a gate.  With the incredible amount of effort that has gone into gender equality since the early 1900’s, it is time that women in agriculture receive equal opportunity and respect.

Keywords: female, agriculture, gender

Topic(s):Agricultural Science
Women's and Gender Studies

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 205-4
Location: MG 2001
Time: 10:15

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