I'd like to just Walk Out of Here: Australian Women's Experience of Drought.

Author:

Alston, M

Editor:

First

Date:

2006

Region:

Oceania

Theme:

Gender and Droughts

Language:

English

Publisher:

Wiley Online Library

Full Harvard Reference:

Alston, M. (2006). I’d like to just Walk Out of Here: Australian Women's Experience of Drought. Journal of European Society for Rural Sociology. Vol 46 no 2. P154-170.

This article presents three case studies of Australian women on drought‐stricken farms, drawn from a larger study conducted in New South Wales during 2003. In rural Australia, the main locus of large‐scale agricultural production, men engaged in agricultural pursuits are regarded as farmers and women are more likely to be accorded secondary status despite their contributions to the economic and social survival of farm families. The dominant discourses and imagery of drought have been framed around its impact on the landscape and the decline in agricultural production. Consequently, the narratives of women's lives have been subjugated during a time of significant hardship. These stories reveal the taken‐for‐granted labour undertaken by women and the multi‐dimensional and gendered reality of the drought experience.