There I was, wearing a shapeless milking gown with (I discovered later) a splash of cow muck across my face, not exactly looking my most sophisticated or glamourous when Brian called me to get my thoughts on a decision regarding our ESB connection being converted to 3 Phase. The ESB guy said to me “there’s not many women doing what you do”. I looked at him, totally confused. “Doing what?” He flung his arm back to indicate the milking parlour. [...]
Why do you need a women in farming group?
Can’t you join the IFA?
What about the I.C.A?
How about a “people in farming” group? Isn’t having two (IFA and a women in farming) more divisive?
It’s coming up to a year now since five us us got together to set up South East Women in Farming and put out word on social media and by word of mouth inviting women to come along. We had about 40 women at that first [...]
It’s been an interesting week in Irish farming. No, it’s not about Brexit or even beef prices but the topic of women in farming is becoming a hot one – at long last!
Can women calve cows & drive tractors?
Women are great multi-taskers but do they have the skills, strength and know-how to calve cows as well as all the other farming tasks? Well, a man calling RTE’s Liveline the other day doesn’t think so. Women can’t be farmers, although it [...]
I don’t tend to look back very often. Usually at this time of year I’m starting to make plans for the next year, not in a new year resolution way but setting out what I want to achieve. It often includes weight loss but I think I’m eventually getting sense about that one! I did lose weight in 2016, during the calving season, and then put it all back on again during my “writing season”. Yes, my brain tends to [...]
I’ve been meaning to write this post for months and as today is International Day of the Girl, it seems a good time to do it. I don’t want my daughter to ever have to feel second to anyone else, especially not based on her sex. It’s time that men and women made a stand against the blatant sexism that is experienced on an everyday basis.
To be honest, I think I’ve been sheltered from sexism for years. Okay, [...]