Perceptions can be tough to overcome, especially when seeing is believing.
A farmer from South Australia, John Gladigau, had some urban dwellers come visit the farm recently, and 4-year old Arcadia went for a tractor ride. Soon, she asked, “Why is it that adult girls don’t get to drive tractors and adult boys do?”
Gladigau assured her that many women are in the driver’s seat on farm equipment, but social media went one step further to not just tell her, but to show her. I joined in and asked my Twitter network to share their experience in the driver’s seat. They did not disappoint. Here are just a few of the responses:
— Lyndsey “Home is where COVID isn’t” Smith (@realloudlyndsey) July 12, 2020
Currently, the girls here are outnumbering poor dad!
He’s not complaining. pic.twitter.com/LXRXIBF3HK
— Sandi Brock (@sandibrock) July 12, 2020
3 generations of women in the driver’s seat. One under 25, one 70 years old, and one smack dab in the middle. pic.twitter.com/uOiwrrLS7u
— Jenni Tilton-Flood (@jtiltonflood) July 12, 2020
— Amy VanderHeide (@AmyVanderheide) July 12, 2020
We can drive them and fix them! pic.twitter.com/zkaMKBlF4R
— Megz Reynolds (@farmermegzz) July 12, 2020
Farming sisters. pic.twitter.com/sqkXOuZbFY
— Shawn Schill (@Shawridgefarm) July 12, 2020
Just hours after Gladigau posted the short video of Arcadia, he posted an update:
“Wow – amazing Twitter reaction to our little weekend tractor ride! About 30 secs after we filmed this she pulled back on the throttle and asked to stop. I asked her why? She said “I want you to get out so I can take my dad for a ride. I’m okay on my own now! #arcadiarocks”