The Women MAKE America Awards (formerly the STEP Ahead Awards) recognize women who exemplify leadership in manufacturing.
Women MAKE America is the nation’s marquee program to close the gender gap in manufacturing. WMA works to foster a 21st-century manufacturing workforce by empowering and inspiring women in the manufacturing industry through recognition, research and leadership, as well as by motivating alumnae to pay it forward by mentoring the next generation. The goal is to shrink the gender gap and increase innovation by building networks and developing skills for women in the industry and to identify and elevate the role models who can inspire the next generation.
Deploying strategies based on in-depth industry research, the Women MAKE America Initiative has empowered, inspired and connected more than 5,000 women and reached more than 20 million people—and we’re just getting started.
Our biggest talent opportunity comes from closing the gender gap in manufacturing, so now is the time to supercharge our proven strategies and reaffirm that Women Make America.
Recognizing and Empowering Women
The 2022 Honorees have been announced; view their individual profiles below.
Women’s Initiative Chair
Denise Rutherford, Global Senior Executive and Board Chair
Increasing the Workforce to 35% by 2030
The MI’s Women MAKE America Initiative launched the 35×30 campaign to increase women’s percentage of the manufacturing workforce to 35% by 2030. This industry-wide, action-oriented campaign features a best-in-class female to female mentoring program and an alumnae-funded scholarship. It aims to add half a million women to the manufacturing industry by 2030.
Ways to Achieve This Goal – Study from Deloitte
Since the first study in 2012, Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute have captured women’s progress in manufacturing. Deloitte published an updated report, highlighting statistics on women’s presence in the manufacturing workforce over the last ten years, as well as ways to reach a 35% women workforce by 2030. Today, it is clear that the industry has several important opportunities to continue to close the gender gap.
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