Survey ReportsFY2017:Why Women Aren’t Where They Are Needed in the Workforce: Putting the Pieces Together
|Year of Publication||2017.05|
|Author/Editor||Patricia Rankin and Donna Caccamise|
This paper provides a broad review of evidence-based research, underlying theories, and interventions related to women's representation in the workforce. It introduces the complex issues at play in today's workplace. These issues contribute to creating a work culture that too often is unfriendly to women and subtly or not so subtly drives women from the workforce, particularly from science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) related fields. A diverse workforce can lead to better outcomes, especially in a knowledge-based economy. The assertion here is that achieving a workforce fully inclusive of women, including at the leadership levels is desirable, and that this will require looking beyond laws and policies to address the biases that women face as well as practical concerns such as how to combine family life with a career. Simple steps such as using a qualifications checklist in the assessment of candidates for a position can help improve hiring, as would the availability of added career planning advice targeted at women and a greater awareness of the value of providing role models. Leadership programs designed to support the new models of collaborative work and encourage the participation of women can also help.
Why Women Aren't Where They Are Needed in the Workforce: Putting the Pieces Together