Friday 23 February 2018

Ann Fitzgerald: Breaking down barriers needs women to support each other

Ann Fitzgerald

Ann Fitzgerald

What is the biggest barrier to improving the status of women in agriculture and farming? It pains me to admit this, but it is probably themselves or, at the very least, other women.

This realisation hit me when a female bank official told the following story at a recent meeting.

She was out on a farm talking to a couple about a loan application and while everything was going fine with the husband, she could see that the wife wasn't at all happy. When the banker asked what was wrong, the wife replied: "I'm surprised they let a woman do your job."

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