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To raise awareness of the challenges members of our industry face, we asked Corteva employees and partners questions about their work-life experiences. Common Ground is our platform for sharing the unheard voices of agriculture, and its goal is to ignite action and change from our industry. By leveraging everyone’s talents and unique abilities, we will create a more robust, productive industry.
Read the story:
Tell us about your career and moments that have impacted you. Moments that made a difference personally:
Has any identifying factor impacted your career? Before working here, I worked in an industry where it was accepted that, as a female, I would be exposed to crude behavior. I was sexually harassed, made to adapt or quit, and learned to ‘suck it up’ for more than a decade because I couldn’t take a lower paying job and support my family.
Describe the perception of the agricultural industry today. Assiduous, crucial, dedicated.
For inclusion, what areas is agriculture lagging in most? Where are you seeing progress? Demystifying differences [so they] can be accepted as just as right as your own, leads to better working relationships, productivity, and retention of employees.
How can diversity be better encouraged? As an ally to my transgender child, when we sought a legal name change, it was scary. We wanted the name change to be legal, so applications to college could be in the chosen name. Aside of life or death domestic abuse situations, waiving the publication simply wasn’t heard of in my state. The judge scheduled me to be her last case of the day and then explained the wording of the law meant it was a long shot. The next time we met, she granted the name change and the waiver of publication. She apologized to me on behalf of the community for what we had experienced. It still brings tears to my eyes.
Those who have power need to use it for the good of all.