Gender equality is a hot topic right now. There is a brighter light being shined on pay inequalities in the workplace, and more people are speaking out about it. Gender equity is a serious issue in many companies and many industries.
Even though progress has been made in a number of key areas, there is still a lot of work to do to improve workplace gender equality. It starts with each individual company, and their recruiting and hiring practices.
“While women worldwide are making progress closing gaps in critical areas such as health and education, significant gender gaps persist in the workforce and in politics. Given current rates of change, this year’s Global Gender Gap Report estimates it will take 217 years to close the economic gender gap,” says Sue Duke, Senior Director, Public Policy, LinkedIn.
Must Read Gender Equality Stats
Using LinkedIn data, this year’s Global Gender Gap Report identified a number of alarming stats. Paul Petrone, in 5 Troubling Stats About Gender Equality in the Workplace, outlines stats we all need to be aware of:
- Lack of leadership presence: Women represent fewer than 50 percent of leaders in every industry analyzed. There is clearly a need to increase the presence of women in leadership roles across the board.
- Slow female leadership growth: Even though there is an identified need to increase the number of women in leadership roles, growth has been slow. Over the past ten years, the number of female leaders increased by an average of just over 2 percentage points across the 12 industries studied.
- Pay disparity: Women continue to be paid less than men, not only in the same jobs, but also in industries that have been women-dominant. Historically women-dominated industries tend to pay less than those with higher male representation.
- Women advocate for women: Women need to advocate for women, and they do when they get into leadership roles. When women are better represented in leadership roles, more women are hired across the board.
Read More About Gender and Diversity in the Workplace
Read more about the current state of gender and diversity equality in the workplace by reading these insightful blog posts from our expert recruiters:
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