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Michelle Schram, with her young son, on the farm she co-runs with husband Troy Stozek near Cartwright.

Women more likely to run non-conventional farms: report

EQUALITY | Access to land, social capital and difference in interests, skills may account for the trend

While women are less likely than men to farm in Manitoba, inequality appears to be lower for women in direct marketing or non-conventional farms, according to a recent report from the University of Manitoba. “There is a dynamic that women face that young men don’t face entering farming, but I also think that that’s changing

Ten things farm moms really want

Ten things farm moms really want

It would be fun for you to be a fly on the wall of my office when the calls from farm moms come in. They range in age from 33 to 93. Regardless of your age or stage as a farm mom, I bet there are things that you would like to be able to


Chelsea Boonstra says social media is giving young women in agriculture like her a voice.

Farm Women’s Conference sees upsurge

Young farm women are showing more interest in the organization which pleases longtime members

What a difference a decade can make. Ten years ago, as the Manitoba Farm Women’s Conference celebrated its 20th anniversary, many of the organizers were wondering quietly if it might be time to consider wrapping things up. Attendance had been falling, the membership was, like in many farm-based groups of the time, aging, and the

MWI to host workshops on family health

The MWI is hosting two events in October aimed to help families better communicate, 
handle conflict and improve understanding of financial issues

A family that gets along well and communicates effectively is a safe and secure place. One that’s chaotic and regularly in conflict is not. This fall the Manitoba Women’s Institute is tackling some of the thorny issues around causes of family conflict, while offering help to lessen it. Two Manitoba Rural Women’s Day events —

MWI flags lack of public bus service

The rural women’s group says better use could be made of existing Handi-vans

Expanding use of Handi-vans could bring some relief to rural Manitobans who no longer drive and now struggle to find rides to out-of-town appointments, the Manitoba Women’s Institute says. The aging population of our small towns is increasingly reliant on family or volunteers to drive them, but there are also those who don’t even have


Manitoba Women’s Institute president-elect Ann Mandziuk (l) and president Donna Young celebrate being presented a first-ever Nellie McClung award presented to their organization during the Centennial Gala marking 100 years since women in Manitoba were given the right to vote.

Women’s Institute earns a ‘Nellie’ award

The rural women’s group is one of 10 recipients of the award presented in honour of the influential Manitoba feminist

The Manitoba Women’s Institute is one of 10 recipients of the first-ever Nellie Awards presented by the Nellie McClung Foundation at its Centennial Gala late last month. The awards made in honour of one of this province’s most influential feminists were given out January 28, the centennial of women in Manitoba earning the right to

A photo taken December 23, 1915 of the presentation of the final petition for women’s suffrage by the Political Equality League. The four women pictured are Lillian Beynon Thomas, Winona Dixon, Dr. Mary Crawford and Amelia Burritt.

It’s been a century since women gained the right to vote

Petitioning government took persistence, patience — and years

Men and women in galleries mark the occasion by singing ‘O Canada.’” “Cheers on the floor of the house…” So declared the headlines of the January 28, 1916 Manitoba Free Press. Jan. 28 marks exactly 100 years since the Manitoba’s legislative assembly gave unanimous approval to the bill that made Manitoba first in Canada to

Bailey Gitzel, 17, was a speaker at the ‘From the Ground Up’ themed Manitoba Farm Women’s Conference in Winkler last week. She lives on a farm near Graysville with her parents, Robyn and Glennis Gitzel, and her two younger brothers.

World conference an eye-opener for Graysville teen

Seeing the big picture has changed Bailey Gitzel’s path in life

You learn a lot growing up on a farm. Graysville farm girl Bailey Gitzel jokes she’s already starting to look back to when she was “a kid with too many chickens.” “I’ve had some life-changing experiences between then and now,” says the 17-year-old Grade 12 student in Carman Collegiate. Her foray into poultry just after


Survey examines barriers to women in agriculture

Both sexes are invited to complete the survey before Nov. 30

The Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC) has launched an online survey to learn more about barriers preventing women from taking leadership roles in agriculture. “We have to fully understand the situation before we can take steps towards improving women’s access to leadership and business opportunities in agriculture,” said CAHRC executive director Portia MacDonald-Dewhirst in