It is no secret historically that a career in agriculture has been male dominant. Oh, yeah I am going there but before my male counterparts hit the “X” to close the computer screen I challenge you to think just a minute of what you would say to your daughter in choosing a career in agriculture.
- Who found themselves in a employee position that never been held by a women before
- Who traded household chores with her brother to help her dad on the farm
- Who would rather shovel manure than clean the house
- Who runs the combine, fixes the tractors
- Who operates her own farming or ranching operation
- Who found themselves in meeting room full of males and did not hide in the corner
- Who passionately told the story of agriculture
I started the first Friday of Women History Month, with an Illinois Agri-Women career exploration event, “Women Changing the Face of Agriculture”, for the next generation of women ag professionals. Keynote Speaker, Colleen Callahan-USDA Rural Development Director for Illinois-started her inspirational speech by pointing out that on March 4 Illinois Agri Women were making History by providing a career event for current female high school and college students that was never available to Women employed in agriculture presently.