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[In]visible: Where Are Young Women Farmers? Investigating in a Canadian Context

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Title: [In]visible: Where Are Young Women Farmers? Investigating in a Canadian Context
Author: Avelar, Alexa
Department: Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Program: Sociology
Advisor: Winson, AnthonySrinivasan, Sharada
Abstract: The next generation are vital to the continuation of agriculture. While women are involved in farming, they are not as visible as men, and their experiences are not often acknowledged. Young women farmers face specific challenges regarding their gender, age, and positionality within agriculture. This thesis focused on young women in rural southern Ontario, Canada and the gendered barriers to their visibility in the agricultural industry and community. Through qualitative interviews, young women farmers discussed gendered experiences within the patrilineal culture of farming, aspects of family farming, and participation in agricultural organizations. As such, young women farmers are in a relatively positive position going forward in farming into the future, though little to no policy programming exists to eliminate existing social and financial barriers for young women farmers. This thesis highlights key issues for young women farmers and provides policy suggestions for the future.
Date: 2019-04
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
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