Building for Equality in the Workforce

Gender Equality In The Workforce Is Possible And Here’s How

Women working full-time in the U.S. are paid 82 cents for every dollar earned by men.

Think about that for a second. In the U.S. today, women are still not paid the same amount as men for the same work.

Workforce Gender Equality And Fortune 500 Companies

The leadership of women is an important aspect of overall gender equality because if women do not occupy enough leadership positions, there won’t be enough female voices working to change the workplace for all women in a positive way. We need more women in leadership so that they can use their authority and position of influence to create even more opportunities for women like them in the workforce.

Workforce Gender Equality And The Coronavirus Pandemic

Prior to the pandemic women accounted for more than 50% of the workforce, which helped to signal how important they are to the overall functioning of the economy. However, since the pandemic began, that number has plummeted as many women, especially those with young children, have been furloughed or laid off. Others left the workforce after being forced to choose between showing up for work at frontline jobs or taking care of their children. Most daycares have been forced to close, as have schools, meaning that more children have been stuck at home all day, requiring that a parent be there with them. This responsibility has overwhelmingly fallen on mothers.

Unfortunately, there has also been a lack of public policy to help support working women during the pandemic, and the usual pay disparities and disproportionate job loss have made the situation even more unequal for women. It has been estimated that pre-pandemic employment levels for women may not be reached again until 2024, two years after the same recovery for men.

Two-parent families considered salary as a deciding factor in which one would continue to work while the other stayed home to care for children. Unfortunately, due to the gender pay gap, women most often earned less than the men in the family, causing the decision that they would leave the workforce.

Single mothers had things even worse. Too many businesses are not doing their part to keep people in the workforce. If more companies were willing to re-examine workloads, minimize meetings, share responsibilities, and increase employee benefits, some of these women may have at least felt that they had more options.

Thankfully, there are some positive developments for women in the workforce that are helping them enter new fields that have previously been heavily regarded as fields that men primarily work in.

Workforce Gender Equality: Women Using Social Media

Some women would likely feel more comfortable inviting a woman into their home to fix something than a man, especially if they are home alone at the time of the appointment. More women in service professions not only improve workforce gender equality, but it empowers individuals to choose the service professional they feel the most comfortable with and it also provides homeowners with more varying options.

OneBook’s Commitment To Workforce Gender Equality

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