Agriculture has long been perceived as a male-dominated industry, but recent years have seen a dramatic rise in female farmers. We are lucky to live in an age where the term farmer does not only represent a man.
In the past, women were not encouraged to take over the family farm, but this is changing as many realise and respect women’s capabilities. In 2017, it was reported that the number of women running farms in the UK had jumped up 10%, and this figure has only been increasing. Physicality has traditionally been a major factor, but the growth and development of agricultural technology is opening up the field to more women. Women may sometimes lack the brute force to push cows around, but this should not stop them from working in the agricultural sector. As machines make the need for muscular strength in farming redundant, technology has become the driving force in farming’s feminisation.