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Closing the
gap
While there has been progress for women working
in the dairy industry, many challenges remain.
by Kristen Putch | kputch@sosland.com
The International
Dairy Foods
Association
hosted its first
IDFA Women's
Summit in March.
Attendees went to
Capitol Hill to meet
with lawmaker
to discuss issues
affecting the dairy
industry.
T
he number of women in the dairy
industry is increasing, but the growth is
not coming free of obstacles.
A report released by the International Dairy
Foods Association (IDFA) shows that while the
dairy industry has made significant progress in
supporting and empowering women, several
challenges remain, particularly when it comes to
elevating women into leadership roles.
IDFA released its comprehensive 2024
State of the Women in Dairy report in January.
The goal of the survey was to establish gender
equality benchmarking data for the US dairy
sector and develop recommendations for
possible industry actions.
" Through our first ever State of Women in
Dairy report, IDFA is providing its members
and dairy industry with data-based metrics and
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recommendations to support gender equality
across the entire supply chain, " said Becky
Rasdall, senior vice president, trade policy and
international affairs, and leader of the Women
in Dairy initiative. " This report highlighted
areas of strength and commitment on the part
of dairy companies to support and empower
women. It also highlighted many challenges.
Women in the dairy industry report feeling
less respected, facing pay disparities, desiring
increased mentorship and encountering barriers
to advancement due to gender biases. "
REPORT FINDINGS
The report was conducted by IDFA between
Oct. 17 and Nov. 7, 2023, and included a sample
of online surveys completed by 548 industry
professionals. The survey respondents included
International Dairy Foods Association
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