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Mary Gleason,
plant manager at
Siemer Milling's
facility in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, U.S.,
said there is lots
of growing and
learning in the milling industry, and it
takes all kinds of
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be closed. But building that bridge will require overcoming obstacles real and perceived.
Some of the very real obstacles involve infrastructure, such as the lack of female locker rooms and
restrooms.
"We must invest in our physical locations to ensure our
locker rooms and break room facilities are meeting the
needs of all of our team members," Garvert said. "We must
invest in training and development for those in hiring roles
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it's going to take time to reverse the trend.
"Some of these facilities haven't had the most positive environment where women felt comfortable,"
Braker said. "They also thought because of the job requirements, they couldn't have kids. That's changing.
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dustry was where the men had the same expectations
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the right training because of a boss' bias about what
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told by a leader in the industry that they would never
hire a woman as a head miller because women will just
quit once they get married and have kids. She's been
asked if it would be weird to go on a work dinner because it might look like a date.
"People have an unconscious bias because it's just
not something they are used to," she said. "That makes
it just a little bit harder. You have to earn their respect;
it's not just a given."
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of meeting a diversity quota. She has heard people say
that she got that job simply because she is a female,
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Contents
From the Editor - Narrowing the gender gap in agribusiness
Calendar of Events
IAOM plans annual conference and expo in Portland, Oregon, U.S.
News Review
Grain Market Review - Rice
Country Focus - Focus on Saudi Arabia
Technical Profile - Flatbread: A favorite in Saudi Arabia
Feature - Growing women's role in agribusiness
Feed Quarterly
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GEAPS Product Showcase
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