‘It wasn’t easy’: How dairywomen spanning generations and geography have made their mark on the industry

Fifty years ago, Betty Rose Elliott could sign the checks, but she had to send a man to pick up parts at the local implement dealership because they refused to sell to a woman.  Betty Rose Elliott was my mother-in-law, and her true story inspired this article which served as a key component of Progressive Dairyman’s annual “Women in Dairy” issue.

I interviewed five additional dairy women to compare and contrast the challenges women have faced working in a man’s world.  My younger sources readily cite the bravery and tenacity of their mentors which allows them to reach for even greater success today.

This article is a perfect example of my ability to weave a story from multiple sources.  “It Wasn’t Easy” appeared in the September 1, 2017 issue of the magazine and you can read the full story at http://www.progressivedairy.com/topics/people/it-wasn-t-easy-how-dairywomen-spanning-generations-and-geography-have-made-their-mark-on-the-industry

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