On a freezing cold late afternoon in February, 14 women gathered in a meeting room at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs office in Woodstock to talk about big-picture issues facing women in the agricultural sector. Maternity leave issues, and their impact on a career, were the focus of this meeting. They talked about the challenge of farming with pre-school children, trying to find child care in isolated rural areas, how maternity benefits don’t extend universally and in business, how client relationships can wane when maintaining them is entrusted to a temporary employee. They also realized they…
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