South East Women in Farming Meeting

Why are there so few women in elected positions in farm organisations? Why are many farming organisations so male dominated? Do barriers exist that prevent women from attending? If so, what are they? Is there equality within farm succession as yet? Are there women who wish to farm but can’t? These are some of the questions that will be explored by Professor Sally Shortall, Duke of Northumberland Chair of Rural Economy in Newcastle University at the South East Women in Farming meeting on Tuesday 7th August in the Woodford Dolmen Hotel, Carlow at 7.30pm. Registration is at 7.15pm and admission is €8. Light refreshments will be served.


Carlow County Development Partnership CLG is supporting this event and has provided the South East Women in Farming group with some funding (including a social media training course for members). Karl Duffy, Social Inclusion Manager, Carlow County Development Partnership CLG said “Carlow County Development Partnership CLG recognise and support the importance of ongoing research into the position and lived experience of women living and/or farming in rural communities in Ireland, the issues and challenges faced and the need for empowerment, capacity building and development to ensure that the voice of women in farming is heard locally, regionally and nationally”.

Professor Shortall has been researching farming lives for many decades (in Ireland and other countries). In 2016, the Scottish government commissioned research to investigate the role of women in farming and the agricultural sector, under five headings: daily life, aspirations, career paths, leadership and comparative analysis with women in other family businesses. The issues of inheritance, training and farm safety were explored too.


Ann Stenning, Chair of the South East Women in Farming group, said “Shortall’s research and presentation will provide us with direction in advancing the position of women within farming and creating new leaders”.

Following Professor Shortall’s presentation and a cup of tea, there will be a Q&A for open discussion regarding similarities and differences between Irish and Scottish farm lives, and if similar research is required here to establish and maintain change.

All are welcome to come along and to share their opinions.