March 6, 2018
One in three women responding to a Workplace Equality Survey believe they are not paid the same as others who hold the same position in their organization. And they do not agree that men and women are offered the same opportunities.
The results of the survey, conducted by AMA’s Women’s Leadership Center (WLC), were released this week in conjunction with International Women’s Day, March 8, and WLC’s sold-out 1-Day Professional Women’s Event on March 7.
Other survey findings:
“The results of this survey, as well as the focus on International Women’s Day, point clearly to the need to correct the imbalance in the workplace against women,” says Lauren McNally, director of the AMA Women’s Leadership Center. “The first step, given the disparity in the view of men versus women, is to educate all to the realization of the inequality of treatment of men and women workers. The next step is to empower women through effective professional development.”
There were 1,409 respondents to the survey, 26.1% male and 73.9% female, ranging from 18 to 65 years old. The majority were at a managerial level or higher and represented more than 11 industries.
International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day that has celebrated the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women since its beginnings in 1911. This year’s day marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity, with the theme #PressforProgress.
IWD 2018 organizers have listed ways that everyone can take action toward that cause, including:
“There has never been a more important time to keep motivated,” the IWD website states. “And with global activism for women’s equality fueled by movements like #MeToo, #TimesUp and more, there is a strong global momentum striving for gender parity…. Across the world, women are making positive gains day by day.”