As a result of several scandals involving inappropriate behavior by male farmed animal advocates, many people in the farmed animal movement are now asking: where are we on gender diversity, equity, and inclusion? And how can we help ensure that all genders have an equal ability to succeed in the movement? Fifteen US-based and ten international farmed animal groups met the selection criterion of spending more than $1 million on farmed animal advocacy. For example, 46.7% of the Boards of these groups had at least 50% female membership while 20% had less than 20%. Several approaches to address gender inequities are suggested included greater transparency on compensation and establishing clear and objective evaluation criteria. The recommendations are also just good management practice and it is of benefit to the movement to be a better workplace not just for women but for everyone.
Bollard, L., (2019). Gender Equity in the Farmed Animal Movement. Farm Animal Welfare Newsletter, 4 Feb. https://www.openphilanthropy.org/farm-animal-welfare-newsletter-archive Open Philanthropy, San Francisco, USA