Celebrating Women’s History in the Cider Industry

Happy International Women’s Day! 

What is this day for? International Women’s Day is a day to bring awareness to the lack of gender equity on our planet. Where does the U.S. fall in gender equity progress? The gender gap in pay is one measure of dynamic inequalities–just last year, U.S. “women earned 82% of what men earned, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of median hourly earnings of both full- and part-time workers.” (Pew Research) Researchers also found that this number hasn’t changed much in 20 years. 

As a cider industry, we can take steps to ensure we are part of progress on gender equity. Here are a few ways your cidery can lead the way on gender equity in hiring and HR:

  • Post all jobs with a pay rate. 
  • Avoid using gendered pronouns in job descriptions. 
  • Evaluate your pay scales for equality–are people earning the same wage for similar positions?
  • Use established skill-based assessments to promote. 
  • Invest in making sure your company and your establishment are taking proactive steps to prevent gender-based violence and discrimination. 
  • Increase women and non-binary representation in leadership and decision-making teams. 

In what ways are you promoting gender equity at your cidery? 

Did you miss Dr. J’s presentation at CiderCon® on Retaining Great Talent? Her tips are useful for recruiting and retaining a talented gender-diverse workforce. Check out her slides here.

Celebrate Women’s Voices

The cider industry has an extremely talented community of women doing incredible work. We’re celebrating International Women’s Day by sharing some of their stories with you. And to double the celebration–all these stories were written by women beverage journalists and storytellers! Enjoy this collection of recent publications by women, about women, and for cider!*

Ria Windcaller of Cider Chat enjoys cheese and cider in France. Photo by Tristan Wright

Cider Chat Podcast by Ria Windcaller –ACA 2023 Significant Impact Winner

The Cider Jawns pouring their first commercial cider at CiderCon® 2023 in Chicago. Photo by Brandon Buza
Tegan Biun is a cidermaker at Lost Boy Cider in Alexandria, Virginia.
Sean and Malaika Tyson of Cider Soms sampling cider at CiderCon® 2023. Malaika is a frequent contributor to Cider Culture. Photo by Brandon Buza
Darlene Hayes is a cider expert and author who helped the ACA create its Certified Cider Professional Program.

CiderCraft Magazine

And Some Women-Created Stories About Apples That We Love:

Talia Haykin runs Haykin Family Cider in Colorado and is a member of the ACA Board of Directors.

*Friendly reminder cider members–make sure you have Michelle McGrath on your press list. We want to elevate your press!

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