According to the latest figures, women make up around 47% of the US labor force. That’s nearly 74 million people — and counting. Now guess the percentage of manufacturing roles filled by female workers. It’s 29%. Less than a third.
So why the disparity? Why, in a sector that is not only flourishing but also facing a potential shortfall of workers, do women remain so vastly underrepresented? And, more importantly, what can we do about it?