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January 28, 2021 Trailblazers

What We’re Reading | The Challenges and Opportunities for Women in Canadian Agriculture

Farmwork to Feed Canada by Brigid Savage

For the women we spoke with, the main challenges experienced by women in agriculture include lack of representation, the gender wage gap, and gender discrimination.

Joan Craig is a beef producer who lives in Arthur, Ontario. She owns and operates her farm with her husband. Craig grew up on a farm but decided that she wanted to be an elementary school teacher. When she retired from teaching, Craig returned to farming. She recognizes that many Canadians have an unconscious bias that assumes that the majority of agricultural workers are men. She would like the Canadian government to recognize and acknowledge the work done by women in agriculture.

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