By Elaine Bellio, Toronto Sales & Marketing Recruiter

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

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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.

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  • 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:

Women in the Workplace Study: There Is Still Work to Be Done!

Why Aren’t Women Making It to the Top in Finance?

The Importance of Diversity in the Workplace


IQ PARTNERS is an Executive Search & Recruitment firm supporting clients across the country. We help companies hire better, hire less & retain more. We have specialist teams of recruiters in Technology (IT), Accounting and Finance, Consumer Goods, eCommerce and Retail, Financial Services and Insurance, Startup, B2B and Industrial, Operations and HR, Professional Services and Legal, Media, Digital and Marketing, Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences, Emerging Technology and Telecom, and  Sales. IQ PARTNERS has its head office in Toronto and operates internationally via Aravati Global Search Network. Click here to view current job openings and to register with us.

Elaine Bellio Marketing Recruiter

Elaine Bellio

Elaine is a Director, Client Services with IQ PARTNERS with a specialty focus in recruiting for B2B & B2C Marketing and Sales across a number of industries. She has amassed a total of 18 years in sales, sales management, and recruiting at the agency level – selling both contingent and retained search – and has a deep understanding of the sales and marketing processes and what it takes to build a successful team.

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