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Women In Manufacturing.

Since 2001, International Women’s Day is celebrated world-wide while also initiating a call to action for accelerating gender parity. This year’s International Women’s Day is dedicated to women breaking barriers in the Manufacturing Industry. Despite women making up 50% of the total workforce in the United States, do you know what percentage of women make up the Manufacturing Industry? Only 30% of the Manufacturing Industry is made up of women, with just 1 in 4 of them holding a leadership role.

Since 1970, women’s share in the Manufacturing Industry has remained relatively constant, peaking at 33.2% in 1990 before declining to 29% in 2016 (Figure 1). This gender disparity is not uncommon in this male dominated industry, but in 2012 The Manufacturing Institute of Washington D.C. implemented a multi-faceted women initiative referred to as the STEP Ahead Program. As a result of the program, in 2013 and 2014 four NJ female residents were chosen as the newest awardees of this prestigious award, becoming the representation of a new, younger generation of women in manufacturing.

In a recent study conducted by organizations such as Catalyst, data shows that Fortune 500 companies with a higher percentage of women employees experience 35% higher return on equity and 34% higher total return over companies with fewer women employees; this is because hiring in diversity leads to a more divergent perspective in decision-making, more innovative and creative approaches, introduced balance in organizational management and improved business in financial performance. 

For these exact reasons is why Staff Management Group acknowledges the irreplaceable contribution received by our women staff in a female dominated company. Thanks to the contribution of brilliant hard-working women we continue to build a company dedicated to empowering not only their voice but the role they play; whether it be light industrial or managerial roles. 

If you are interested in working for a female led company, check out our open positions here!

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