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1997 Bendigo - 'Over the Fence' excerpt from Gathering Speech

Audience at the 1997 Bendigo Women on Farms Gathering

Image: Audience at the 1997 Bendigo Women on Farms Gathering

Source: Museum Victoria

Gathering : 1997 Bendigo Gathering.

Author: Dorothy Dunn - Speaker at the Bendigo Gathering and President of Australian Women in Agriculture at the time.

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We've come a long way...
Women on farms are no longer invisible.
Our fence has been a cultural barrier.
A farmer in white man's history was male,
and ours has been a white man's history-
women's work has not been recorded.
We have tried to get over the fence,
under the fence,
through the fence,
around the fence.
We hadn't noticed that the cultural barriers are electric.
We've had shocks, and burns, in our attempts to get out.
Isolated on farms we were invisible,
but we got together
and we couldn't be ignored-
working together
we found
friendly
gate-keepers.

Related Stories:
Victorian Women on Farms Gathering Collection
Poetry and Song - The Victorian Women on Farms Gatherings

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