Logistics, as an industry, may be the most male-centric bastion of the supply chain world. From the classroom to the boardroom, women remain a minority.
This recent infographic from Morai Logistics lays out the reality from a variety of perspectives, including education, salary, and more.
I'm seeing some positive movements in terms of bringing women into the logistics fold. For example, Eye for Transport (EfT) has said that it will have a debate on women in logistics at its upcoming CSCO Forum and 3PL Summit in Chicago on June 11-13. The company has also said that it will make a number of free passes available to interested female supply chain and logistics professionals. EfT CEO Chris Saynor, commented in a recent article:
The fact that less than a fifth of management positions within the logistics industry are currently held by women is a travesty. There is a huge pool of female talent simply not being utilized to the detriment of those companies and the wider industry. When you dig deeper you also find that women working in supply chain are paid on average 20 percent less than their male counterparts for the same position; this has to change.
I find myself wondering, Dear Readers, what you think? What has brought and kept you in the logistics field if you are there? Further, what would a more balanced workforce do for the good of the supply chain in general and logistics in particular?
— Hailey Lynne McKeefry, , Editor in Chief, UBM's EBN
"I was once told to my face that i didn't get a particular job because "you are very qualified, but that job has always been held by a man and the industry isn't ready to see a women leading the charge." Now that was nearly 20 years ago...do you think that would happen today?
That is horrible from every angle. :( You are talking about 1994, not 1904. They were already women astronauts and in other positions held previously by men only. Unfortunatly, what I think about that person can't be published here. And I am biting my tongue really hard. :/
The fact that we are having this discussion means that what happened to you could still happen today there, and in some other parts of the world. Fortunately, things are a bit different up here on the northern part of the planet.
I am really curious about that case, what did you reply to the "person"?
@Susan, you asked "What is the reason why women are paid less?"
I'm guessing that it has to do with a combination of things. I know i haven't advanced as quickly as my male counterparts, but I also chose jobs that gave me flexibility over visibllity in the organization. At the same time, I was once told to my face that i didn't get a particular job because "you are very qualified, but that job has always been held by a man and the industry isn't ready to see a women leading the charge." Now that was nearly 20 years ago...do you think that would happen today?
@Prabhakar, to play the devil's advocate, i would say that having a diverse group of people (by gender, age, experience, race, etc.) inherently makes for a stronger team with fewer gaps. It doesn't seem that people naturally create this type of team, though. How do you make it happen without enforcement? Or do we just give up?
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