Thirty-seven percent of students taking university supply chain courses are women, yet women only make up five percent of all top-level supply chain positions among Fortune 500 companies. Mary Barra, who made the move from supply chain leader to chief executive at General Motors, serves as a rare example of a woman who was able to climb to the top in the supply chain career path. Caroline Fairchild writes for Fortune about why more women should be following this career path.
The main reason why supply chain is a good career move is that it offers a window into every aspect of the business. Furthermore, supply chain is increasingly becoming a source of innovation and differentiation for businesses. The only main barrier to entry is a social barrier, and perhaps not in the way you might think. The problem is that supply chain managers are often required to travel, which can be a problem for women hoping to start a family while they foster a career.
One controversial way to get more women into the supply chain could be to set quotas, which, although not ideal, is actually likely to succeed. But at any rate, it is recommended that women become more aggressive advocates for their careers and accomplishments. This does not solve the travel problem by any means, but it is a good suggestion all the same.
You can read Fairchild’s full article here: http://fortune.com/2014/08/20/want-more-women-in-the-c-suite-start-with-the-supply-chain/