\u201cI was so wrapped up in everything, I didn\u2019t see that I needed this as much as I do,\u201d\u00a0says\u00a0Mariana Schneider of\u00a0Gangsta\u00a0Ladies of Wort (GLOW), the global activist organization she launched last year.\r\n\r\nGLOW\u2019s members create collaboration brews, share skills, knowledge and insights. Most\u00a0importantly,\u00a0it\u00a0amplifies\u00a0and advocates\u00a0for women, people of color, the LGBTQ community and other marginalized people in\u00a0the\u00a0beer\u00a0industry.\r\n\r\nSchneider, a native of Brazil and\u00a0an\u00a0assistant brewer at Danish craft brewery\u00a0Amager\u00a0Bryghus,\u00a0moved to Copenhagen in 2018.\u00a0Though she loved her job, she felt isolated and\u00a0battled\u00a0depression, anxiety and homesickness. She\u00a0began\u00a0to question her role\u00a0in the beer community\u00a0and the\u00a0ways\u00a0that\u00a0the industry\u00a0impacts its members.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe more burned out I got, the more I understood I needed to find something a bit more meaningful to give me the stamina needed to continue doing my job,\u201d she says. \u201cI kept thinking about how, with the tools I had access to, I could promote change.\u201d\r\n\r\nSchneider\u00a0began\u00a0to\u00a0speak to women in the industry and listened\u00a0to their difficulties and frustrations. Schneider\u00a0sought\u00a0to\u00a0build a\u00a0remote\u00a0\u201cdream team\u201d\u00a0of female beer professionals\u00a0that\u00a0included\u00a0brewers, packagers, salespeople, bartenders and more.\u00a0She\u00a0says she\u00a0received a \u201cmassive positive response\u201d\u00a0from those seeking a progressive, female-identifying beer community.\r\n\r\nWomen from\u00a0a dozen\u00a0countries, including\u00a0Norway, Switzerland, Sweden, Germany and Denmark,\u00a0came to\u00a0Copenhagen\u00a0to collaborate\u00a0on a special\u00a0GLOW\u00a0beer.\r\n\r\n\u201cHaving them all gather under the same initiative is also an inspiration in its own,\u201d\u00a0says\u00a0Schneider, who saw it as an\u00a0opportunity to share expertise and experiences.\u00a0\u201cIf I didn't feel like what we are promoting was reason enough to push this, just the professional/cultural exchange made possible by this network we are building would be reason enough to do it.\u201d\r\n\r\nGLOW\u2019s first beer, Long Before You Were Born,\u00a0is\u00a0a dry-hopped West Coast-style\u00a0IPA brewed at\u00a0Amager. Though Schneider oversaw the brewing process, the recipe, as with all\u00a0GLOW\u00a0decisions, was done\u00a0by vote.\u00a0The beer launched simultaneously at 21 bars in Copenhagen, as well as\u00a0Helsingborg and Gothenburg in Sweden.\r\n\r\nOf course,\u00a0GLOW\u00a0aims to do more than brew great beer.\r\n\r\n\u201cOne of the goals we had with [Long Before You Were Born], but also with GLOW as a whole, is to make the scene seem less intimidating,\u201d says Schneider. \u201cTo this day, women are often uncomfortable with the idea of going to a craft beer bar by themselves, or asking questions in brewery tours with a higher male percentage, or even applying for jobs as they face resistance towards their presence.\u201d\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIn\u00a0a 2019 survey\u00a0conducted by the trade group\u00a0Brewers Association,\u00a0only 7.5% of breweries employed\u00a0women in brewing roles. Meanwhile,\u00a054%\u00a0of service positions at breweries\u00a0are occupied by women.\u00a0And brewery ownership is further divided along gender lines.\u00a0Of the 54% of breweries owned by\u00a0people of a single\u00a0gender, 96%\u00a0were under\u00a0male ownership.\r\n\r\nWomen are\u00a0also\u00a0undervalued in beer, according to researchers from Stanford University. Last year, 200 consumers\u00a0were surveyed about\u00a0products deemed stereotypically \u201cmale\u201d and\u00a0\u201cfemale.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cWith craft beer, when consumers believed the producer was a woman, they claimed they would pay less for the beer, and they had lower expectations of taste and quality,\u201d\u00a0\u00c0ine\u00a0Doris\u00a0wrote\u00a0Stanford Business Review\u00a0Magazine.\r\n\r\nThis valuation can extend to employees. An entry-level\u00a0brewery employee might make roughly $22,000 to $29,000 a year in\u00a0San Diego, and even in the role of\u00a0brewmaster\u00a0one might expect to only earn close to $27,000\u00a0if they have\u00a0less than one year\u2019s experience,\u00a0according to data collected by\u00a0Jeff\u00a0Alworth\u2019s\u00a0blog,\u00a0Beervana\u00a0(based on information from\u00a0Glassdoor\u00a0and\u00a0Payscale).\r\n\r\nHowever,\u00a0taking into account\u00a0gender pay gap data, a female entry-level brewery employee might expect to earn 11% less than a male counterpart.\r\n\r\nMany women and marginalized people worry that\u00a0to\u00a0air concerns about uncomfortable work environments or conditions\u00a0they deem unfair\u00a0may\u00a0damage their chances of getting a position in a very competitive job market.\r\n\r\n\u201cSpeak up,\u00a0and you may risk not finding work again; take legal action, your name will likely be stained; quit,\u00a0and you may struggle before finding something else,\u201d\u00a0says\u00a0Schneider.\u00a0\u201cSince all of this started, I have gotten messages from friends and strangers telling me their stories, from unequal pay to harassment.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe one common point these conversations had was the fact nobody is really comfortable coming forward because, and I quote, 'Nobody wants to be the bitch nobody will ever want to work with.' This is a sad reality.\u201d\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThough diversity and inclusion\u00a0in\u00a0the craft beer industry\u00a0has been a frequent talking point for some time, progress has been slow. That\u2019s\u00a0not for a lack of work, however.\u00a0One of\u00a0GLOW\u2019s predecessors is Pink Boots Society, an international beer membership program for women.\r\n\r\n\u201cI hear a lot of people say,\u00a0\u2018They should do such and such,\u2019\u00a0when wishing for a social improvement in some area of life,\u201d says Teri Fahrendorf, founder of The Pink Boots Society\u00a0and\u00a0Malt Innovation Center Manager at\u00a0Great Western Malting. \u201cBut who is \u2018they?\u2019\u00a0They\u00a0is\u00a0us.\u00a0The world only changes when individuals commit to change,\u00a0when they get out of the cart, get behind the cart, put their shoulder to the cart, and push it up that hill.\u201d\r\n\r\nInclusivity is good for business, too.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe believe diversity equals creativity, which equals a better product, which equals positivity, which equals diversity,\u201d\u00a0says\u00a0Jane Frances\u00a0LeBlond, founder of London\u2019s award-winning,\u00a0all-female Mothership Brewery.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe more women who are drinking beer, the more women will be interested in the industry and want to work in it,\u201d says\u00a0LeBlond.\u00a0\u201cThe more women who are working in the industry, the more women customers there will be as women will feel represented in the beer industry.\u201d\r\n\r\nTing\u00a0Su, who\u00a0cofounded\u00a0Eagle Rock Brewery in Los Angeles\u00a0and\u00a0runs\u00a0its\u00a0Women\u2019s Beer Forum,\u00a0agrees.\r\n\r\n\u201cIn environments that are traditionally male-dominated, women\u2019s voices tend to be drowned out or dismissed,\u201d\u00a0says\u00a0Su. \u201cHaving women-specific groups or creating environments within these male-dominated scenes is important to offer women the opportunity to engage more.\u201d\r\n\r\nOrganizations like\u00a0GLOW\u00a0offer female beer\u00a0professionals\u00a0opportunities, education and some safety,\u00a0but\u00a0Schneider also aims to provide counseling and financial aid to empower marginalized\u00a0workers.\r\n\r\nShe has an\u00a0unusual end goal.\r\n\r\n\u201cMy hope is for\u00a0GLOW\u00a0to be extinguished as soon as possible,\u201d she says. \u201cAnd by that,\u00a0I mean that I hope through initiatives such as ours...\u00a0change is promoted in such a way\u00a0that\u00a0we will see big differences in internal and external relationships,\u00a0leading to a point\u00a0that\u00a0inequality is not an issue.\u201d\r\n\r\nUntil that point, organizations like\u00a0GLOW\u00a0will light the way forward.