Women in Manufacturing
That's a phrase you don't hear that often, "women in manufacturing," and that's because fewer than 30% of the entire manufacturing workforce is female. While the industry is facing a labor shortage, there is this largely untapped workforce: women. According to a recent study by Deloitte, "Women constitute one of US manufacturing’s largest pools of untapped talent. Women totaled about 47 percent of the US labor force in 2016, but only 29 percent of the manufacturing workforce. Women earn more than half of all associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. Women are also advancing in their careers, holding more than half of all US managerial and professional positions. So if there are plenty of qualified women in the workforce, why aren’t they in manufacturing?" Read the entire Women in Manufacturing report here.
It is not all bad news though, there are several women who are leading the way with successful women-owned manufacturing companies. From healthcare products to aerospace, these women are forging the path for other women in manufacturing at all levels of the ind ustry.