Why Are We Still Talking About the Gender Gap?

Posted By: Lynn Heckler | May 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

Quite simply, because the issue persists.

Much has been done to raise awareness of the issue in the past 3-5 years, but measurable results are still elusive.

Women continue to be underrepresented in the workforce at all levels:

  • Only 60%–70% of the employable female population is in the workforce, versus male participation rates in excess of 80%.genderequality
  • Women make up only 35% of the average company’s workforce at the professional level and above.
  • Female representation declines as career level rises. Globally, women make up 33% of managers, 26% of senior managers, and only 20% of executives.

Source:  When Women Thrive Executive Summary, Mercer 2016

So why does this imbalance persist? 

In reality, there are deeply rooted social norms that are keeping the gender gap in place. For example, the core assumption that women are primarily responsible for care giving and homemaking is a driver in many societies for the under representation of women in the workplace.  In the Pass The Mic lecture series, Melinda Gates recently spoke to the need to “proactively redistribute unpaid labor (such as household chores) so that men & women share it equally”.    Care giving and bread winning are equally important functions in a household, and can be divided equally for a more balanced load.

True change will only materialize when we effectively challenge some of these underlying assumptions about gender-based roles and leverage the natural physiological differences that both men and women bring to the workplace. PSCU would love to hear about your gender balance initiatives. We can all learn from each other.

Lynn Heckler

Lynn Heckler

Lynn is PSCU’s Chief Talent Officer and owns responsibility for the functions that define the company's culture and employees’ work experience. She has over 25 years of experience in human resources management in various industries including vision care, home healthcare, insurance, and financial services. In 2015, Lynn was recognized with the SHRM Florida Professional of the Year Award.
Lynn Heckler




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