These days, plenty of industries are actively promoting gender equality in the workplace. However, few have been slower to do this than the agricultural industry. Despite there being a strong push towards change in this area, there are still far more men than women involved in farming and agriculture.
As a family-owned and operated business, we know how important it is to encourage the best and brightest to take an interest in agriculture.
Here at Princess Royal, we think everyone should have a fair go. Our business was built on strong values and this runs in every area of how we operate.
We want to encourage you to challenge the stereotype that agriculture is a man’s industry. Supporting women in agriculture really comes down to common sense, so here are a few ways you can help support women in agriculture.
Encourage the Next Generation of Agriculturalists
The first step, that is the most important step in ensuring the longevity and success of the industry, starts with education. Teaching kids about what is involved in working the land will ensure that the next generation will be aware of responsible farming practices, animal and environmental impacts, Australian resources and learn where their food comes from.
It is all of our responsibility to make sure that all of these children are given the opportunity to explore their passions.
The Face of Women in Ag
We all know that providing great role models and mentors is critical to developing our children and ourselves throughout our lives. That’s why it is so important for women in agriculture to speak up and share their knowledge with one another and with the next generation. There are so many women who have already forged the way. Some worked with their family to tend the land, and others have worked within our government to develop the rules and policies that help protect our farmers and our land.
Become Part of the Growing Network of Women in Ag
There are many networks and organisations that do their part to advocate for women in agriculture, as well as some awards that are given in recognition for these women, such as the RIRDC Rural Women's Award.
Joining these networks gives rural women a chance to meet and interact with others in similar situations. Many find that they make life-long friends in these groups, all while gaining the benefits of their combined industry experience.
Organisations such as Australian Women in Agriculture and the National Rural Women's Coalition are also active in this industry. These organisations seek to provide women with more recognition in their roles as farmers.
If you are interested in being part of the transformation that is occurring in this industry, joining one of these groups is a good place to start.
The agricultural industry is beginning to change because of the frequent lobbying and encouragement from these groups.
Not all women who work in agriculture are there as employees either. Some of them are there because they come from a family of farmers, or they are married to one.
Being married to a farmer is a different life than most, so there are plenty of networks that offer help and support for farmers wives. There are Facebook groups such as Farm Wives Support Group as well as multiple blogs, like Modern Farm Wife, The Farmer's Wifee and The Farmer's Wife. Yes, they are all different blogs!
The magazine Graziher is aimed at women in agriculture. It's a great read, written by country women, for country women.
Women in agriculture have a strong voice, and the difference they are making can clearly be seen. These networks are a great place for rural women to share their experiences and are useful for anyone who needs help or advice, or just some friends to talk to.
Princess Royal champions the active participation in these groups by women who are involved in agriculture, as we believe they provide an excellent professional network as their representation continues to grow in the industry.
Join the Ranks of Women Agriculturalists
Are you someone who is interested in agriculture, but not yet directly involved? We encourage you to start exploring some of the diverse opportunities that are available to you. Whether you’re looking to work directly with animals on a station like Princess Royal, or in any other capacity, there is a place for you.
At Princess Royal Station, we truly practice equal opportunity employment. The entire Rowe family has been involved in the running of Princess Royal Station since we first established ourselves here in 2000.
We always have and always will employ the best person for the job.
If you’re interested in joining our team, you can explore some of our opportunities on our career page, or contact us directly to learn more.
If you want to find out more about the team that makes up Princess Royal Station, you can read all about us here. Or, if you want to learn more about how we support our community, you can read about our involvement in Burra by clicking the link below.