OIL PAINTING: La Recolte Des Foins [The Harvesting of the Hay], 1881
In most paintings of most times and places, women are associated with a single tool, the rake, used for moving drying grass along the ground or tossing hay just above it. Occasionally, perhaps increasingly, they are shown using forks, but generally the work of pitching the hay onto a wagon or stack is reserved for taller, stronger men. While women are sometimes shown using sickles in grain-harvest scenes, they are almost never associated with scythes. The image above is one of a women haymaker by Julien Dupre.