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University of Lethbridge
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women, girls, agriculture, rural, feminism, feminist, discourse, farming, family, inheritance, gender, land, historical, patriarchy, tradition, oral history, business, inequity, succession, social norms
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About Me

Diane McKenzie graduated from the University of Lethbridge in 2016. She earned her BA in Psychology, minor in History with great distinction and is continuing her education in the School of Graduate Studies Cultural, Social and Political Thought program. She was awarded the Parkland Institute Graduate Research Award, the School of Graduate Studies Tuition Award and the School of Graduate Studies Dean’s Scholarship. Diane’s research interest is rural women and their involvement in the intergenerational transfer of the family farm. Her central question is: How does the reproduction of current gender norms impede women’s participation in the intergenerational transfer of the family farm? Diane actively farms with her family and brings an insider view to her post-modern feminist analysis of rural women’s oral histories. She has worked for the University of Lethbridge’s Centre for Oral History and Tradition interviewing and transcribing for the 50 Voices project in celebration of the University’s 50th Anniversary. Diane presented an individual paper at the Rural Women’s Studies Association 2018 Triennial Conference, May 16-20, 2018, Ohio University, Athens, OH on gender inequity in family farm business succession and inheritance. A paper presentation proposal was also accepted for the Agricultural Historical Society 100th Anniversary meeting in Washington, DC, June 6-8, 2019. Her ambition is to open a well-informed conversation about gendered processes with agrarian women and men within their immediate communities to further support rural women’s participation and successful transfers of a family business where all parties are satisfied with the outcomes.

Recent Publications
Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
North America
Expertise by Chronology
21st century
Expertise by Topic
Family, Gender, Women