Girls! Girls! Girls! An Elvis movie or great ag leaders? BOTH!

As a Memphian, I couldn't help but make the Elvis connection!

It has been a career long observation that being a woman and working in agriculture puts the odds in my favor, at least when it’s break time during a big meeting and the room empties to the restrooms.  The near dichotomy of being a woman in ag is something that has shifted since I started by working with a farm publications company though. In fact, there are women working in seemingly every area of agriculture.

There are so many women related to farming on twitter that I created a list of the ones I follow.  As I tap this up, there are more than 80 women on the list.  What I like more than anything, is nobody could see this as a stereotype if they take just a minute to look at who’s there.  There are women who:

  • live on the farm in the middle of nowhere or  much closer to town & thow who live in small towns or in the city
  • work in town & others who farm and seriously put their backs into it & still others who may not visit a farm for quite a while
  • report on agriculture on the radio, in magazines or newspapers & others who are more likely to be the focus of the reports
  • focus on small scale agriculture & those who have large acreages/herds
  • utilize the latest in biotech & others who have chosen organic production practices
  • thought maybe I shouldn’t have listed them & others who asked if they could be on the list
  • have educated themselves largely on-the-job and those who are in school as well as some who have advanced degrees
  • were raised on the farm and those who grew up in major metropolitan areas
  • have called one county or state home most of their lives and others who have thousands of miles for the right reason
  • are single and loving it & others who have big families
  • blog & tweet their stories frequently and some who wait for news to break or who prefer to listen to others
  • I have known for years and others I only know through the internet

Social media provides me an opportunity to hear from a variety of perspectives and that’s the case with this list.  I’ve had a chance to talk with women who are doing something far different than I had ever imagined and I’ve learned a lot.  And I can easily keep learning — I’ve got a list available at the click of a button!  Oh, if I’ve missed you, just plead your case by leaving a reply. 🙂

About Janice Person

I'm Janice & this blog is about my passions -- photography, travel, agriculture & whatever else comes to mind. Putting all those things together is intriguing to me…. I can spend a lot of time soaking it up! It's almost always a colorful adventure!

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6 Responses to Girls! Girls! Girls! An Elvis movie or great ag leaders? BOTH!

  1. Debbie Lyons-Blythe April 14, 2010 at 4:55 pm #

    You are right! The glass ceiling has been broken and we are not only being recognized as being involved in ag…but IMPORTANT to ag! I’m proud to be a full time rancher who also happens to be a woman and a mom. The best of both worlds!

    Thanks for maintaining such an awesome list of amazing women!

    • Janice April 14, 2010 at 5:28 pm #

      Thanks to folks like your mom for busting it wide open!

  2. Anastasia April 14, 2010 at 5:19 pm #

    It is wonderful to see so many women working in ag! The same is true on the science side of ag, with many more female faces than ever before.

    • Janice April 14, 2010 at 5:30 pm #

      Indeed! That’s why we have folks like you on the list!

  3. Shaun Haney April 15, 2010 at 9:29 pm #

    I like your breakdown of the different backgrounds. Great post.


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