The Grass Ceiling: Reaching Women in Rural Areas

  • Sally Shortall (Participant)

Impact: Public Policy Impact, Societial Impact


56% of the European Union (EU) population and 35% of the population of Northern Ireland (NI) live in rural areas. While rural living is sometimes portrayed as an idyllic lifestyle, the reality often differs. Lower population density means that services are more limited than in urban areas, with different impacts for particular socio-economic groups, especially women. For example, lack of childcare provision can affect rural women’s ability to work outside the home. The gendered nature of farm ownership means that farming policies have not always addressed farming women’s needs. The research in this case study had the following impacts:
• Contributing to the development of a £1.5 million Rural Childcare Programme in NI.
• Assisting the development of future EU rural policy by informing the European Parliament and European Commission about the role of women in agriculture.

Impact statusOngoing
Category of impactPublic Policy Impact, Societial Impact