It’s International Women’s Day today and it’s a time to reflect on the role women play in Irish farming. I know it’s somewhat a reflection of the industry that I, a man am writing this piece but if you’ll bear with me, we will leave that to one side for the moment.
Women are the corner stone of farming and Agri business in Ireland they are the leaders of some of our biggest agri bodies from Bord Bia to Major, to Cormac Tagging and while I might be a feminist myself and we’ve made huge strides in terms of women’s rights in Ireland it’s important to remember that women still get unequal pay to men. Indeed the gender pay gap across the board is 16% we do fare better than the European average which stands at 23.4% pay difference.
However it’s important to note that the pay gap in Ireland is increasing and has risen from 12.6% in 2008 to 14.4% in 2013.
Farming can at times seem a male dominated industry and its why here at That’s Farming we made an effort to showcase Women doing exciting things in Agriculture over the last few months. The feature runs every Thursday on the site and has become one of our Top 3 performing features every week, getting thousands of views regularly. The women we feature are brave, smart, business savy and inspirational. The features popularity showed me one thing: There’s a heck of a lot of women in farming in this country and they all have a story to tell!
As farm evolves and changes we need every young person we can get to enter the industry that includes attracting women, agri business must be seen as an exciting and interesting career. There are future industry leaders out there and you know what there probably women.
We’ll keep flying the flag for Women in Ag on our site and I can say I honestly look forward to seeing what brave inspiring woman we meet each week.