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Women in Agriculture: Risks for Occupational Injury within the Context of Gendered Role
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health. Vol. 8(1): 37-50 . (doi: 10.13031/2013.7224) @2002
Authors: C. A. McCoy, A. K. Carruth, D. B. Reed
Keywords: Gendered role, Agriculture, Women, Injury
Women continue to make significant contributions to farming. Not only do women
participate in the traditional roles of homemaker, caregiver, and wife, they also work
side–by–side with their spouses in keeping the farm viable. More daughters are entering the
farming business, either as partners with other family members or as independent operators.
Each year since the United States Department of Agriculture began including gender in the
Census of Agriculture, the percentage of women engaged in agriculture has increased, and
women’s participation in agriculture is increasing faster than in other business segments.