There’s a lot of talk today about the power of women. Women’s marches that began in the late 19th and early 20th centuries with mostly white women have expanded to include women of various races, creeds, backgrounds, and abilities. In fact, the progress women have made in what was once a man’s world, by and large, have helped to level the playing field for diverse groups of people of all types.
As a female pig farmer, I represent a minority group in my industry. Women represent about 30% of the farm operators work force and hold only about 14% of farming principal operators positions. Considering how rare it once was for women to own land in their own name, though, it seems as if we are making some progress. Such progress is inspired by those who have gone before us in various fields as female pioneers.
As March is Women’s History Month, I look forward to sharing stories of female ingenuity and perseverance that inspire me. Some of my personal heroes in the march toward equality and opportunity are:
I pull from these women everyday.
How about you? Who inspires you?