University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources
University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources
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University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources

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1960s 4-H a prelude to Mariposa woman's breakthrough business career

4-H Showmanship Sheep
In the late 1960s, the young Barbara Massey-Nino really wanted to work in agriculture. But Future Farmers of America wasn’t open to girls at that time. So Barbara went to her local UCCE office in Mariposa County and joined 4-H. By 1972 she had become her county’s 4-H President, and was working with sheep and horses and learning how to sew. Barbara went on to make her career in a predominantly white-male industry and became a leader in business careers for women. “In each of my early positions, women were expected to excel in homemaking, motherhood, nursing, teaching, or clerical work, not in other professional roles,” says Barbara. “4-H was one of the building blocks that helped me prepare for my place in the world. ... My professional life has been one of accomplishment, thanks to 4-H and the leadership volunteers.”

 

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