Women and Agriculture
Growing up on a farm in rural Ireland and having a passion for the physical and sensory experiences of agriculture has informed my curiosity about the role women play in farming life. In Ireland, approximately thirteen per cent of farm owners are female, a figure which includes those over sixty-five years, where ownership is gained through inheritance from a spouse or family member only. Marking this gender imbalance has been an important factor in undertaking this work. The act of making women visible through photography in this sector serves to bridge a significant gap that continues to prevail, and the challenges that being a woman in agriculture continues to foster. This work pays homage to their often invisible labour set against the backdrop of the lands and environments in which they continue to farm.