Washington, DC, -  Today, The Manufacturing Institute in partnership with Deloitte and APICS Supply Chain Council have released the “2015 Women in Manufacturing Study – Exploring the gender gap.” The study surveyed more than 600 women professionals in the manufacturing industry to gain insight on how companies can effectively recruit, retain, and advance talented women.

This study confirms the importance of increasing the amount of women in the manufacturing workforce and that manufacturers are missing a critical talent pool, which could aid in closing the skills gap. Some key highlights from the study include:

  • More than 2/3 of women indicate they would stay in manufacturing if they were to start their career today;
  • The most important employment characteristics for women are opportunities for challenging and interesting assignments, attractive pay, and work-life balance;
  • And 75 percent of respondents believe women are underrepresented within organizations’ leadership teams.

While there has been a positive change in the industry’s attitude toward women employees, women still make up only 27 percent of the manufacturing workforce, and about 47 percent of the labor force. To improve this, The Manufacturing Institute is promoting the role of women in manufacturing through mentoring, recognition, research, and leadership with the STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead initiative.

Read the full report here.

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