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The role and contribution of women in UK farm businesses

Kempster, Zoe, Morris, Wyn, Bowen, Robert ORCID: and Manning, Louise 2023. The role and contribution of women in UK farm businesses. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation 10.1177/14657503231159766
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The global empowerment of women has been, and remains to be, a continuing issue, especially within the workplace. The agribusiness industry is no exception, where continuation of gender bias and stereotypes positions women as under-represented. This qualitative study examines the self-identified roles of women in United Kingdom (UK) farm businesses through interviewing individual participants in the sector (n=8). The literature highlights four roles: which form a theoretical framework to structure the interviews. Findings show five emergent self-identification of role characterisations. Thus, while externally identified roles consider women’s status and contribution in a siloed job role structure, the multiplicity of roles that women undertake are much more nuanced and contiguous. The research contribution is an understanding of the variance and multiplicity of tasks undertaken which indicate the extensive work and contributory efforts that women instinctively provide to the farming business and the farm household structure. Findings contribute by establishing a new conceptualisation of the contributions of women to farm businesses informing rural policymakers, to consider the roles of women at farm household level rather than simply focussing on the gender characteristics of the principal farmer.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1465-7503
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 1 March 2023
Date of Acceptance: 27 January 2023
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2023 08:46

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