ILWS - Charles Sturt University
ILWS - Charles Sturt University

Women on the Land

by Margaret Alston

Published 1995 by University of NSW Press
ISBN 0 86840 382 2

Farm women are emerging from the shadows for the first time in Australia's history. No longer content to be ignored, they are forming lobby groups, targeting politicians and organising conferences in order to share feelings of isolation, to raise their own issues and to gain support for changing the agricultural system.

Women on the Land presents the reality of the lives of farm women and examines their often overlooked contributions to agricultural industries. Using the voices of the wo men themselves, it presents an often stark picture of a group of people battling not only to keep their farms going, but to keep their families and communities together.

Writing from a feminist perspective, Dr Alston addresses to gender inequities in rura l communities, in the agricultural industries and organisations, and within farming families. The crisis on the land has raised our awareness of farming families. This book reveals the human face of this crisis.