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Logistics: Breaking Down the Brotherhood

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, Circle me on Google+ Follow me on Twitter Visit my LinkedIn page Friend me on Facebook , Editor in Chief, UBM’s EBN

14 comments on “Logistics: Breaking Down the Brotherhood

  1. prabhakar_deosthali
    April 12, 2014

    My opinion is that, in any profession we should stop counting women and men differently, because the process of  seperating men and women itself shows a gender bias.

     

     

  2. Susan Fourtané
    April 15, 2014

    Exactly, Rich. How brilliant. You summarized the whole thing perfectly. 😀

    -Susan

  3. Susan Fourtané
    April 15, 2014

    Prabhakar, 

    ” . . . the process of  seperating men and women itself shows a gender bias.”

    True. When I was a teenager, I thought in some years things were going to change. Now I think that's pretty unlikely as this hasn't changed in thousands of years. This planet won't survive enough time for human beings to mature enough to allow such change. The whole planet is still primitive. 

    -Susan

  4. Susan Fourtané
    April 15, 2014

    Hailey, 

    “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.”

    What is the reason why women are paid less? They receive the same education and they do the same work. Many times they do it better because they put more effort into it as they constantly have to prove themselves. 

    -Susan

     

  5. Susan Fourtané
    April 15, 2014

    How nice, Rich! 😀 

    Lovely music. I'm always looking for movies from the 30s to 60s. I haven't seen Where The Boys Are, now I will. 😀

    -Susan

  6. Susan Fourtané
    April 15, 2014

    Rich, 

    I'm glad you had a good time cheking the board today. 😀 I am also glad you did and brought all these pieces of good time to my dull morning.

    First Contact is another proof of the primitive reaction and welcome from Earthlings to other beings. 

    -Susan 

  7. Susan Fourtané
    April 16, 2014

    I know First Contact is a movie, Rich. It's still proof of how humans would react in such case: In a primitive and aggresive way. 

    Isn't making up things another way of being primitive? 

    -Susan

  8. Hailey Lynne McKeefry
    April 16, 2014

    @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?

  9. Hailey Lynne McKeefry
    April 16, 2014

    @Rich, now i just feel depressed when you put it that way. 🙂

  10. Hailey Lynne McKeefry
    April 16, 2014

    @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?

  11. Susan Fourtané
    April 17, 2014

    Rich, 

    “Isn't imagination a big part of what sets homo sapiens apart from the other primates?”

    It depends on whose point of view and whose perception. 

    -Susan

  12. Susan Fourtané
    April 19, 2014

    Rich,

    “Do you mean the aliens or the other primates?”

    Both. The fact that they have a different way of communication, which humans are not able to understand, doesn't mean that they don't have imagination. 

    -Susan

  13. Susan Fourtané
    April 19, 2014

    Hailey, 

     “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 

  14. Susan Fourtané
    April 20, 2014

    “No, no, those are the cartoon  animals. You can tell because of the bright colors.” 

    What about the black and white ones? 

    -Susan 

     

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