Australia’s largest ever study of the role women play on farms wants to challenge the stereotype of who and what a farmer is.

The three-year Invisible Farmer project, funded by an Australian Research Council grant, officially launched this week on International Women’s Day.

The project will shine a light on women in agriculture, like farmer Sallie Jones, of Gippsland Jersey.

Spearheaded by Museums Victoria, the project hopes to create new histories of rural Australia and reveal the hidden stories of women on the land.

“We’re wanting to challenge everyone’s unconscious idea of what a farmer is,” Museums Victoria senior curator Liza Dale-Hallett said.

“You don’t have to go too far to see how skewed that is. “Just do a Google search on ‘farmer’ and you’ll find out there is an incredible imbalance in our cultural understanding of what a farmer is.”

The Invisible Farmer project will include creative partnerships with the ABC, universities and government agencies.

The ABC is calling for tributes of up to 500 words in honour of women that work the land.

These tributes will be highlighted across ABC programs and websites.

“I am so excited that ABC Rural is part of this project and I’m really looking forward to reading the tributes to these amazing women,” ABC Regional director Fiona Reynolds said.

“It’s definitely time we shone a spotlight on the Invisible Farmers so everyone can get a glimpse of what life on the land is like for a woman.”

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