2018 is the Year of the Woman, March is National Women’s History Month and this Thursday, March 8th is International Women’s Day - that's a lot to celebrate!
We are SO EXCITED to be launching our annual social media campaign!
Two years ago we asked women to post images of themselves with the tag #ILookLikeAFarmer, last year the tag was #WomenFeedTheWorld. This year, our tag is so, so good. In fact it’s so good, it’s the title of our in-development film!
We are asking you to take to social media - facebook, twitter, instagram - with picture of you working on the farm, ranch, on the boat, where ever it is you that you work. Lets tell the world that we no longer accept farming, fishing, and forestry to be just men’s work.
I also have an exciting announcement!
As you know, five years (in May!) I picked up a camera for the very first time and set out to do something special. I have been dedicated to the efforts of amplifying the voices of women in agriculture — and the results have been spectacular. I've hosted photography exhibitions from Chicago to the United Nations to Milan, bringing stories to life on stages from Washington DC to Paris, the project has been written about in five languages and in featured publications from Vanity Fair to Billboard to Politico to the Seattle Times.
And now I am taking the next step. I have been developing a film with Spokane-based North by Northwest Studios. As I traveled the country and world, documenting women farmers who are making important change in our food system, I couldn’t help but think about the women of our past: the farmwomen who created a legacy by nourishing family and community. The more I dug into history books and archives the more excited I became! There are generations of women who have made incredible contributions, yet they remain invisible.
The film is called, "Women’s Work: the untold story of America’s female farmers".
Did you know that even though women represent 50% of our population, they only occupy .5% of recorded history? Don’t we deserve to be a part of the historical record? Women’s work is a historical documentary film that digs deep into the stories of the women who fed, clothed and sheltered America throughout history.
We are writing women back into history.
On Thursday, we are launching an INDIEGOGO campaign to raise $50k to help fund our development costs and kickstart the production of this film. This is a big number, but I’m confident with your help we can achieve this goal.
How can you help? Post those pictures, tag #ThisIsWomensWork and share our campaign on INDIEGOGO, we have lots of great perks for our supporters.
I will begin posting on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram about the campaign. please share this posts with your networks. Throughout the day and coming weeks will be re-tweeting, and sharing your posts (be sure to make them public!)
This is an exciting time in history, let’s take this opportunity to make a lasting impact on the future generation of would-be farmers and honor our sisters and soldiers of the soil.
Our endless gratitude for your support,
Audra, and Team FFP - Greta, Debbie and Kate