Number of Women on Factory Floor Declining

Even though 554,000 jobs have been added to the US manufacturing industry since February 2010, women have lost 11,000 jobs in that same period. According to an article at Supply Chain Digest, this lowers female representation to 27 percent, the lowest since 1971. There has been a steady decline of women in manufacturing as far back as 1990, and the reason behind it is likely that women still believe manufacturing is a labor-intensive profession best suited for men. This is however no longer the case, as these jobs increasingly involve specialized skills and little physical labor. Another reason for the decline could simply be that women do not find manufacturing jobs enticing, as evidenced by the fact that only 15 percent of college students pursuing manufacturing-related degrees are women. Considering that there is already a gaping hole of vacant positions in the supply chain, perhaps more aggressive efforts should be made to insert women into these promising jobs. Read the original article here: http://www.scdigest.com/ontarget/14-01-20-2.php?cid=7764

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