The Role and Contribution of Women in UK Farm Businesses

Kempster, Z, Morris, W, Bowen, R and Manning, Louise (2021) The Role and Contribution of Women in UK Farm Businesses. In: ISBE Conference 2021, 28th-29th October 2021, City Hall, Cardiff.

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The global empowerment of women has, and remains to be, a continuing issue, especially within the workplace. The agribusiness industry is no exception where, due to the continuation of gender bias and stereotypes within the sector, women are under-represented. Despite this, the number of women entering careers in the industry is increasing. Historical data typically represents the role of women as wives or assistants to their male counterparts. Much of the remaining literature highlights the significance of women in farm businesses but yet continue to comment on their invisibility in the working environment. This qualitative study assesses the different roles women currently partake in modern United Kingdom (UK) farm businesses by interviewing individual participants from allocated job roles. These include a farmer, a farm manager, an off-farm income careerist and an entrepreneur of an on-farm diversified business. The research proposes a new conceptualisation from the findings, involving the identification of five prominent role characterisations that were generated from initial themes and in which women complete as part of their contribution to their associated farm business. These characterisations include the role of a woman as a mother, a decision-maker, an entrepreneur, a supporter and a labourer. The variance in disciplinary tasks across these role types indicates the extensive work and contributory efforts that women instinctively provide to the business.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Inclusion of a paper within the ISBE proceedings does not restrict further publication.
Keywords: Agriculture, Farm, Employment, Roles, Women
Divisions: Agriculture, Food and Environment
Depositing User: Professor Louise Manning
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2021 14:10
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2022 15:02

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