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