This research effort was the first national study to focus specifically on women faculty in colleges and agriculture. A representative sample of 218 women agricultural faculty was selected to receive a questionnaire focusing on career satisfaction and professional development. A 72% response rate was achieved. To gather anecdotal information, personal interviews were conducted with 15 of the women. Many of the women identified a relationship between their childhood years and their current career choice. Personal interest and encouragement from others influenced the women to enter their field of study. Most of the women chose an academic career because they enjoy teaching and being with students. An overwhelming majority of the women indicated that they derive a great deal of personal satisfaction from their career. Balancing professional and personal responsibilities was a challenge for most of the women.