Celebrating Women In Agriculture

March 30, 2022

The Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics highlights and celebrates the women/womxn in Agriculture for their incredibly important and dedicated work, in particular the womxn in this department. 

From the classroom to the fields to the boardroom, women in AREC are advancing the research frontiers, educating the next generation professionals, outreaching and serving communities. Through their diverse interests, perspectives, and experiences, women in the field of agricultural economics have played a pivotal role in increasing the relevance of the field and "saved agricultural economics" (Offutt and McCluskey, 2021). At the same time, we would also like to recognize that gender inequalities persist. With her co-authors, our very own Dr. Anna Josephson shows that "in comparison to white men faculty, white women and underrepresented minority (URM) women and men faculty experience discrimination at higher rates, and tend to view their departments as less inclusive and less equitable" in the agricultural and applied economics profession (Hilsenroth et al., 2021 ). Dr. Tauhid Rahman in AREC is also an economic expert in gender discrimination and investigates "Why so many female lawyers abandon their career" in his recent inquiry (Bambauer and Rahman, 2020). 

Resources shared by the AREC DE&I Committee:

  • Offutt, Susan, and Jill McCluskey. "How women saved agricultural economics." Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy 44, no. 1 (2022): 4-22.  https://doi.org/10.1002/aepp.13183
  • Hilsenroth, Jana, Anna Josephson, Kelly A. Grogan, Lurleen M. Walters, Zoë T. Plakias, Leah H. Palm‐Forster, Simanti Banerjee, and Tara Wade. "Past, present, and future: Status of women and minority faculty in agricultural and applied economics." Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy 44, no. 1 (2022): 71-91.  https://doi.org/10.1002/aepp.13191
  • Bambauer, Jane R., and Tauhidur Rahman. "The quiet resignation: Why do so many female lawyers abandon their careers." UC Irvine L. Rev. 10 (2019): 799. https://heinonline.org/HOL/P?h=hein.journals/ucirvlre10&i=817
  • Unnevehr, Laurian, Julie Caswell, and Jean Kinsey. "How women in agricultural economics expanded the profession's role in food safety and nutrition." Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy 44, no. 1 (2022): 23-37.  


See the department member's profiles here for their information and their research; view AREC graduate student profiles here.

Pictured are each of the womxn in the department from graduate students to faculty to staff.

Read more here regarding #WomenInAg and across your favorite social media platforms.