AgForce president calls for women to step into boardroom
GEORGIE Somerset is using her position as the first woman to be the general president of AgForce to encourage more women in agriculture to step into management roles.
"Women have always and continue to contribute significantly to the agricultural industry from the manual labour, to business management and policy development,” she said.
"There is no denying, however, that industry needs to do more to ensure that we have greater representation of women not only in the paddock but also in the boardroom.”
In Australia, 41 per cent of the agricultural workforce is made up of women, according to the National Farmers' Federation, but only 18 per cent of women are in management roles and 2.3 per cent are in CEO positions.
Mrs Somerset said not enough women are stepping into leadership roles so she would make it a focus to have more women come through, particularly in the commodity specific roles.
"There are so many opportunities in ag, it's finding the bit you're comfortable with. I came into my role in agriculture thinking I would be a partner in the business and actively making decisions.
"I think it is how you frame it as well and it's actually stepping into the space and knowing what you have to offer.”
She said AgForce was committed to showing leadership in terms of how they act and operate, openness and ability to talk and work genuinely in recognising the opportunity they and industry have, and to accelerate progress toward greater balance.
"We are more powerful together, men and women, working together to advance sustainable agribusiness,” Mrs Somerset said.
Mrs Somerset said AgForce are proud to be a partner in the NFF's Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program, providing skills for women to more actively participate in leadership roles across our industry.