Why Women Make Good Gold Miners

All you male gold prospectors and small-scale miners out there take note: your female counterparts make good gold miners...sometimes better than you. Did I strike a nerve? If so, all I can say is that the truth hurts sometimes.

Sure, I'm speaking in general terms here and there are exceptions to every rule. In many respects, however, female miners have distinct advantages over the rest of us that have nothing to do with physical strength or overall endurance (although plenty of women possess these last two attributes as well).

Hard Workers

I've been around the mining block over 33 years now and in that time I've been fortunate enough to come across some exceptional female miners who could dredge, dry wash, sluice, high bank, nugget shoot, and swing a pick or wield a shovel every bit as well (if not better) as their male counterparts (including their husbands, boy friends, etc.).

Gold Pans
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Mining Equipment

One reason this is true is that women are, by and large, extremely hard workers. You know, I've seen a lot of lazy ass males who called themselves miners over the years but I've never come across a lazy female miner. Ever.

What Impresses Me

Another distinct attribute that female miners have over most men in the field is a greater understanding of what I call the  "3 Ps:" patience, persistence, and perseverance. I'll be the first to admit that I'm not the most patient miner around, so I admire that attribute in others and female miners tend to have it (and the other two "Ps") in abundance.

Yet what's impressed me the most about female miners over the years is their uncanny ability to sense or "smell" where the gold is. Perhaps this ability is linked somehow to what's called "women's intuition" or some sort of inner wiring that we males will never fully understand. Whatever it is, I've seen it in action numerous times in my small-scale mining career and it has never failed to impress me.

The Bottom Line

If you think this post is simply me pandering to women you are more than just dead wrong and obviously don't know me very well (nor will you). The ego-driven macho asses out there will always be bone heads in my book and they'll never get it, no matter what.

Here's the bottom line...I have an immense respect for women in the mining community and so should you. The next time you're out in the field and your wife or daughter or girl friend is working right alongside you, take a moment to admire what you have there and show your appreciation.

Remember, "Gold is where you find it."

If you liked this post, you may want to read: "Independent Spirits: Female Gold Miners"

(c)  Jim Rocha (J.R.)  2012

Questions? E-mail me at jr872vt90@yahoo.com


  1. This is right on the money. I have a partner who's wife just has a nose for gold. It's amazing.
    Rattlesnake Jim

  2. J.R. you said a mouthful. There have been numerous times the wife will come to the river with me, take a scoop of dirt and throw it in my pan and say "There's some right here." Usually more often than not, it is.

  3. I've seen the same thing happen too many times to count Chris! Thanks for commenting. J.R.

  4. See? I told you guys! Thanks for commenting my friend. J.R.

  5. Well.....the plain and simple truth of the matter is that not only are they better looking than us, they are better at most things than us, most are smarter too.....don't tell my wife I said so though!!

  6. I agree entirely Gary! Best, J.R.

  7. My wife is really interested in doing some prospecting with me when the weather warms up around here. She heard me talking about buying a new sluice and couldn't get over how much she liked the word sluice. Then I explained to her the object of the game and how to prospecting. Now she's interested. And to be honest, having her there will keep my work more organized. Like me, she is also incredibly patient. With two of us working out there I think we'll do very well!


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