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[From: IN%"ejameson%polaris.unm.edu@UICVM.UIC.EDU" 28-FEB-1994 14:15:27.39 [To: IN%"H-RURAL@UICVM.BITNET" [Subj: RE: Farming and Women <fwd from H-Amstdy> This is in response to what makes a woman on a farm a "farmer." Usually there was and is some division of labor on a farm; the question is why men's work defines farming. Women often see themselves as "helping" on farms, when they do considerable outside and inside work--the point is that the "domestic" work is part of the farm infrastructure. Canning, for instance, is part of creating farm labor power, and feeding wage workers on farms. This isn't really my area of expertise, but Sarah Elbert, Corlann Gee Bush, Joan Jensen, and Nancy Grey Osterud, among others, have produced a wealth of material on rural women and women farmers. Joan Jensen, New Mexico State History Department (just retired, but I'm sure they'll forward mail) can also refer you to the proceedings of a number of conferences on farm women in the past decade. There are also three recent books of interest on women homesteaders in the U.S., H. Elaine Lindgren's LAND IN HER OWN NAME; Deborah FInk AGRARIAN WOMEN; Katherine Harris LONG VISTAS. Betsy Jameson Univ. of New Mexico