In its second year, the Program, an initiative of the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) aims to fix agriculture’s ‘woman problem’, by developing and empowering aspiring female leaders to reach their potential.
“Currently, women comprise 41% of the agricultural workforce but make up only 18% of management roles and 2.3% of CEO positions,” NFF President Fiona Simson said.
“This is out of step with other comparable industries and is a statistic that the NFF and our committed Program Partners are determined to rectify.”
It’s time that women are equally represented at the level where decisions are taken that shape the future of our industry and rural and regional Australia more broadly.
NFF President Fiona Simson.
The below 10 aspiring female leaders were selected from more than 140 applications. Read more about these ladies by hovering your cursor over their pics.
Cath Oates - Wilyabrup, WA
Leonie O'Driscoll - Marra, NSW
Jacqui Cannon - Brisbane, Queensland
Kelly Pearce - Yealering, WA
Rachel Carson - Melbourne, Victoria
Linda Lee - Berrimah, Northern Territory
Natalie Sommerville - Spalding, South Australia
Alison Southwell - Mangoplah, New South Wales
Allison Harker - Yass, New South Wales
Robbie Davis -Narrung, South Australia
Ms Simson said the importance of the Program was demonstrated by the level of support from Australia’s leading farm representative and agribusiness organisations.
“We are delighted and proud to this year to have doubled the number of partners supporting the program, and importantly, who have committed to make meaningful change towards gender diversity within their organisations.”
“These organisations have stepped up and signed up to support our mission to even the ledger when it comes to female representation in agriculture.
“They are doing far more than talking about advancing women in our sector they are leading by example and they should be recognised for that,” Ms Simson said.
The NFF has identified increasing the representation of women as key to achieving agriculture’s goal to be a $100 billion industry by 2030 and has set a target to double, by 2030, the number of women in agricultural management roles.