Allison Zabel
Allison Zabel

March was Women’s History Month and March 8 was International Woman’s Day. I thought to myself about how far women have come in this day and age.

I come from a family where the women are very strong and independent. I have always thought of myself as independent and have a strong work ethic. My parents taught me to see past gender, race and religion. I was brought up to do as you are told and work hard at any job given. My mom always tells me that even if my job is to clean toilets that I be the best toilet cleaner and do it with a smile on my face.  

I started looking around at all the places where women have such great roles and responsibilities. I especially thought about women in agriculture and how far they have come in the male-dominated industry. I have met some very talented and influential women in agriculture so far in my career and I am certain that I will meet many more.

I am proud to be a woman and to be employed in agriculture. I love my job and the industry that I work for. I often do things at work that most people would consider “a man’s job,” but I just consider it part of getting a job done well. I work in a hog barn that a few years ago had only men. Now there are three women in the barn, and two of us run the breeding operations. It’s rare to come by women who lead such a strong gestation barn. I find pride in the rarity of this.

I get challenged every day to do my job to the best of my ability and it really has nothing to do with me being a female. However, I must say the fact that we are women running the gestation barn is just a cherry on top.