AMA Survey: A Closer Look at Workplace Equality

March 6, 2018

Workplace Equality Survey

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:

  • 54% of respondents say their companies publicized an equal pay policy, but many still feel that pay is unequal
  • 72% of male responders believe men and women are given the same opportunities; only 42% of women agree
  • 58% of respondents (men and women) say their companies do not have equal gender representation at the senior management level
  • Both genders agree that development strategies and programs specific for women are advantageous for organizations
  • Only 42% of all respondents say their organizations offer programs for women

“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.

About International Women’s Day

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:

  • Maintaining a gender parity mindset
  • Challenging stereotypes and bias
  • Forging positive visibility of women
  • Influencing others’ beliefs/actions
  • Celebrating women’s achievements

“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.”

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