According to the 2012 USDA-NASS Census of Agriculture, women comprise 14% of principal farm operators and 30% of total U.S. farmers. Even so, they are a relatively unseen minority in the industry, according to writer and photographer Audra Mulkern.
For the past four years, Mulkern has been photographing women farmers for an ongoing essay project. In observance of International Women’s Day on March 8, she asked for a little help.
“If we’re going to make a big shift in how people think, we all need to work together to make others sit up and notice,” she says.
Mulkern reached out on social media, asking female farmers to post their picture on Twitter and include the hashtag #ILookLikeaFarmer. Here are some highlights from around the world.
To learn more about Mulkern’s Female Farmer Project, visit http://audramulkern.com/the-female-farmer-project/.