If you’re seeing a lot of women this week show how they’re a big part of the farm on Twitter — you can thank 5-year-old Zoe. Her father, Adrian Harewood, a prominent television news anchor in Ottawa, took to the social media platform on Friday to say this:
Our 5 yr. old daughter expresses her dissatisfaction with the latest story I’ve read to her.
Zoe: “Why do all the farmers always have to be men?”
— Adrian Harewood (@CBCAdrianH) October 12, 2018
Since then, Twitter has erupted with replies and re-tweets from across Canada and the U.S. Women of all ages replied back to Harewood’s tweet, showing off their jobs in agriculture and/or how they’re raising their little girls — just like Zoe — to be a part of the farming world.
Here are some of the RealAg newsteam’s favourites:
I’d like to introduce to you some amazing women who farm, women who help us farm, and women making history in our industry.
There may not be many storybooks about us, but we’ve always been there.
— Sandi Brock (@sandibrock) October 16, 2018
Hey Zoe! I didn’t grow up on a farm, nor did I come from a farming family but today I own a dairy farm in Owen Sound with my husband, his parents & my baby girl Bree. We have more girls running the farm than boys & our veterinarians are girls too. pic.twitter.com/Q6U7FSgsW6
— Courtney Denard, BA, MSc (@CowSpotComm) October 16, 2018
Zoe. All my large animal vets are women. They do a super job.
— Tracy Doonan (@outinthefield) October 14, 2018
Full time farmer all my life, my husband is an off-farm engineer pic.twitter.com/OGavEyMJBa
— HayLady (@DianeTarka) October 15, 2018
Hi Zoe! I remember thinking that too, but things are slowly changing! I’m a grain farmer so I seed, combine, spray, truck and fix (or at least try to). Also not very skilled in the kitchen lol. You do whatever you want to do! pic.twitter.com/FHHz614nT5
— Sarah Leguee (@SarahLeguee) October 15, 2018
Farmers don’t always have to be men. Nobody knows what we can do and who we can become.
Jenni, Dairy Farmer and former 5yr old Girl pic.twitter.com/gJNhxCQ4LI
— Jenni Tilton-Flood (@jtiltonflood) October 15, 2018
Hi Adrian and Zoe!
I am a cattle rancher out in Saskatchewan, and LOVE what I do! pic.twitter.com/npb47MHQFJ
— adrienne ivey (@adrienneivey) October 14, 2018