Rep. Kelly Celebrates Women In Agriculture During Women’s History Month
Congresswoman Robin Kelly recently met with seven women in agricultural careers at the Kankakee County Farm Bureau, as part of her Women in Non-Traditional Careers Tour.
The women described the rewards and challenges of farming, discussed female role models who inspired them to adopt careers in agriculture, and suggested what Rep. Kelly can do in Washington to help farm communities.
Kim Mau, a mother of six from Herscher, said there needs to be more emphasis on agriculture in early education and mentoring programs to encourage young people to pursue agricultural careers. “Farmers are an unknown part of society,” said Kim, whose teenage daughters Anna and Allison also participated in the roundtable discussion. “People go to the grocery and don’t know what it takes to feed people. We need to educate all our children on who provides the food, where it comes from and how it gets there.”
Rep. Kelly said it was an honor to talk with women committed to farming. “Farm families work hard from early morning until late at night to put food on our tables. We need to encourage more women to enter agricultural professions, which encompasses everything from the fields of chemistry and meteorology to sales and food distribution.”
Congresswoman Kelly encouraged the women to call her office with more suggestions on how she can help farm communities and promote agriculture in the 2nd District.