March is Women’s History Month, so we’d like to kick it off with a look at women’s history in the workplace for both the U.S. and the U.K. over the last 250 years. It’s not a comprehensive list, by any means, and every win women have had should come with a “but…” attached. Acknowledging the continuing struggle for real, comprehensive equality in the workplace, let’s take a moment to celebrate the notable victories.
We’ve come a long way, but we have a long way to go.
In the UK, the gender pay gap for full-time workers stands at 8.6% – an all-time low. That means, the average female employee earns 8.6% less than the average man.
In the US, the gender pay gap for full-time workers is 19.5%. It’s remained relatively stable for the past 15 years.
Maternity leave policies in the US are also problematic – the only federal law guaranteeing maternity leave in the US is unpaid, and only pertains to some employees. The Family and Medical Leave Act protects a woman’s job for just 12 weeks after childbirth or adoption, but those 12 weeks are unpaid. In fact, the US is the only country in the developed world that doesn’t mandate paid leave for new mothers. That’s bad news for everyone, since research shows that paid maternity leave is correlated with better job performance, higher employee retention rates, increased family incomes and stronger economic growth.
Women in Our Workplace
Women in the workplace is a theme near and dear to our hearts at Engagement Multiplier – and not just because our organization is 62% female! Our executive leadership positions are dominated by women (60%), and our Chicago team is 85% female. Yes, Stefan Wissenbach is our Chief Engagement Officer (CEO), guiding the direction of our company and providing endless inspiration for our innovations, but our organization is made up of a lot of strong and inspirational ladies.
We’re taking a page from Gandhi’s book: Be the change you want to see in the world. And we want to see more women realizing their full potentials, professionally, personally, GLOBALLY.