Abstract: Breaking Through the Grass Ceiling examines the contemporary position of women in agriculture and looks at why farm women are virtually absent from positions of power and leadership. Alston draws on interviews and surveys from Australian women-farmers, bureaucrats, leaders and activists, and compares these to the experiences of powerful men in the industry. Giving a voice to rural women, this book represents a wide-ranging, rich tapestry of opinion and insight. It is clear that ideology and structure prevent agricultural women from becoming prominent in an industry to which they contribute so much. Yet far from being helpless victims, the women emerge as strong, determined characters forging an alternative discourse through multiple strategies of resistance. You will leave this book feeling enormous respect for the women involved, their humor, hard work and commitment to agriculture and to their farms matched by their determination to achieve equality and justice in their industry.