With a focus on the Commonwealth of Virginia, we reviewed literature and data associated with the prevalence and persistence of women's engagement in agriculture from youth-focused programs through to college and employment in order to learn which models of outreach may best attract women to and retain women in agricultural careers. We found that girls in Virginia have strong participation in early agriculture-related activities but that women constitute the minority of primary farm owners. Our systematic literature review shows that using science, technology, engineering, and math models of outreach and reframing agriculture as a career that builds communities and cares for the planet can engage more women in agriculture.
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Mitchell, G., & Currey, R. C. (2021). Increasing Participation of Women in Agriculture Through Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Outreach Methods. Journal of Extension, 58(2), Article 25. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol58/iss2/25