By Samantha Hall
Since the beginning, women have always been present in the agriculture industry in Australia. More often than not, in past years their roles were more of the domestic variety, cooking, cleaning and gardening. There were, however, the few who worked right alongside the men, even back in the early years, doing their bit to pioneer and make a legacy for their family.
In recent years some of the largest cattle companies in the country have seen the employment ratio of men to women be far from equal as more and more women have taken more practical roles that traditionally been reserved for men. In 2012 70 percent of the Australian Agricultural Companies’ ringers (stockmen) for the mustering season were women, whilst the Consolidated Pastoral Company has women in 36 percent of their permanent station hand roles.
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