March has been dedicated to celebrating the work of rural women in Saskatchewan.
Rural Women’s Month recognizes the contributions these women make to their communities, the agriculture industry and to all sectors of the economy.
Rachel Turnquist, the provincial government’s regional forage specialist in Moose Jaw, said it’s a demonstration of respect and gratitude when our province recognizes the role of rural women.
“Just to recognize women from all generations — from years ago to years to come, from all backgrounds and all professions,” explained Turnquist. “Just to recognize their leadership and their expertise, which is very vast.”
This commemorative month has evolved well since the 1990s, according to Turnquist.
She said it began as just a week and has since turned into a month-long celebration.
One-quarter of farm operators in Saskatchewan are women, and rural women work in all areas of our agriculture industry.