600 women professionals surveyed for manufacturing study

-The Manufacturing Institute photo

-The Manufacturing Institute photo

The Manufacturing Institute surveyed 600 women professionals in manufacturing for a recent study. “Women in manufacturing study: Exploring the gender gap” contains views on how to recruit, retain and advance talented women.

“Through STEP Ahead, hundreds of women from all levels of manufacturing have been recognized for excellence and leadership in their careers,” said Jennifer McNelly, president of the The Manufacturing Institute. “By telling the real stories of these women, girls will be inspired to familiarize themselves with the industry through our mentorship program and eventually become the next manufacturing leaders.”

According to the study, women are manufacturing’s largest pool of untapped talent. While women represent nearly half (47%) of the total U.S. labor force, they comprise less than a third (27%) of the manufacturing workforce. The study concludes with strategies to bridge this gap which include addressing gender bias head-on, making sure senior leaders are on board with diversity and inclusion, promoting personal development, and creating a more flexible work environment.

Click here to view the full study!

-Bill O’Leary

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