Women in Agriculture

November 13th, 2009 by Sue Whale Leave a reply »

normal_2008-cpa-ebl-awards-0003Women’s representation in leadership positions in agricultural industries and regional communities more generally was the focus of a report co-authored by Professor Alison Sheridan and her colleague from Curtin University of Technology, Professor Fiona Haslam McKenzie. The report identifies where women are located across occupations and industries in the Australian paid workforce and examines the reasons for women’s low representation in formal leadership positions in agriculture and regional organisations. It concludes with recommendations for improving the proportion of women in formal leadership roles and enhancing women’s leadership experiences. The report, ‘Revisiting Missed Opportunities – growing women’s contribution to agriculture’, was released by the Rural Industries Woman of the Year, 2009, Roma Britnell, in Canberra on 15 September, with the importance of the findings stressed by the Minister for Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry, the Hon Tony Burke, MP in his press release about the report.

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