March 01, 2016

Province Celebrates Rural Women

The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed March as Rural Women’s Month.

“Women are an important part of agriculture and agribusiness,” Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart said.  “Rural Women’s Month is a time to recognize the contributions of rural women to their communities and to all sectors of the economy, not just agriculture.  We thank them for their hardwork and leadership.”

Nearly one in four farm operators in Saskatchewan is a woman, and one in 10 of those is a sole proprietor.  Agriculture is the second-largest employer of rural women.

“Rural women make up 40 per cent of the total population of women in Saskatchewan,” Social Services Minister and Minister responsible for the Status of Women Donna Harpauer said.  “These women are small business owners, public servants, and community leaders who provide economic diversity and community stability.  As well, they provide leadership in emergency situations such as the recent devastating forest fires in northern Saskatchewan.  Rural women play a vital role in keeping Saskatchewan strong, and we are proud to recognize their achievements.”

Rural Women's Month is observed each year by women’s groups from across the province as they celebrate the contributions of women to the province of Saskatchewan.