In our previous blog, we discussed the importance of boosting interest for the next generation of workers. While we believe getting any worker into manufacturing is key, we can’t help but think about the specific importance of recruiting women in manufacturing.
As a certified woman-owned small business, we realize that we need to band together to spark interest to a different gender. On average, women make up nearly one-third of employees in the sector, according to a Women in Manufacturing study. Women in the manufacturing industry peaked in 1990, making up 32 percent of the workforce, and we believe we can get there (and even higher) once again.
Similarly to our discussion on spreading the word of STEM education, there are plenty of high school and college-level female students who do not realize their options. These are the types of students we need to be focusing our efforts on—even starting as far back as elementary school.
Our CEO, Trisha Mowry, spent a lot of time growing up in our facilities, and we wish more women had the opportunity to do so. She believes women bring a different perspective to the rapidly evolving manufacturing industry. Today, technology is more advanced and the importance of precision planning is now more critical than ever. Because of the increasingly flexible working patterns allowing more women to combine employment with caring for children; women now play a significant role in mentoring, leadership, communication development, management, as well as manufacturing best practices. Their participation is on an upward trend due to the economy’s changing social and behavioral norms of women and the impact they have on the market. Another defining factor is the rise of urbanization and the growing consolidation of manufacturing sourcing sites being brought back to the United States.
While we know this is part of a longer-term strategy, we wanted to bring attention to the gender gap and highlight the importance of narrowing it. If you aren’t already involved with STEM education and gender gap awareness, social media is a great place to start. There is plenty of chatter on Twitter with the #STEM and #GenderGap hashtags, and it’s good to get involved with one of the many LinkedIn groups on both subjects.
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