As March 8th is International Women's Day, the International Labor Organization (ILO) published a new report that found despite some modest gains in some regions in the world, millions of women are losing ground in their quest for equality in the world of work.
“The report shows the enormous challenges women continue to face in finding and keeping decent jobs,” said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.
The report, Women at Work:Trends 2016, examined data for up to 178 countries and concludes that inequality between women and men persists across a wide spectrum of the global labor market. Furthermore, the report shows that over the last two decades, significant progress made by women in education hasn’t translated into comparable improvements in their position at work.
At the global level, the employment gender gap has closed by only 0.6 percentage points since 1995, with an employment-to-population ratio of 46% for women and almost 72% for men in 2015.
Looking specifically at some of the leadership roles, things have been improving for women. Across the globe the percentage of women leaders is increasing. In a survey by by Development Dimensions International, the Philippines placed first with 51% of its leaders are women. Thailand came in at 39%, while Canada took third place at 37%. The U.S. lagged behind in fourth place, with 36% of its leaders as women.
This slideshow highlights some women, across the globe, who hold important positions in manufacturing companies.
"Xerox found out a while ago that including more of the resources of the world to attack problems or address opportunities is better than including fewer. Think about it — half of the population is women, and by not including them actively, we start with one foot outside the circle already. They’re in our customer base, they’re in government around the world, so we have to use the resources that we have in the world better," Burns told PBS in 2014.
Duan was appointed the president and CEO of GE Greater China in 2014, while continuing her role as president and CEO of GE Healthcare China. She is GE China's first home-grown CEO and the first female executive GE commissioned to the post.
“Rachel is the ideal successor; as an innovative business leader she understands what we need to do to make customers successful. She has worked for GE in China for nearly 20 years and is recognized as a highly collaborative and skilled motivator of teams," said John Rice, vice chairman of GE.
"I think there are more women in more senior roles than in 1980 when I started. But from my career perspective, I don't go into a room and take count. I want to be recognized for my contribution and for what I do. Yeah, there were probably times it was to my benefit, and there were probably times when it was not to my benefit. But that is true for everyone," Barra told the New York Times in 2013.
Yafang joined the company in 1989 and had worked in a variety of positions including chair of the Business Transformation Executive Steering Committee and president of Huawei University.
She took over the role of Chairwoman of the board in 1999.
"At the end of the day, don't forget that you're a person, don't forget you're a mother, don't forget you're a wife, don't forget you're a daughter," Nooyi told Athena Leadership.
"Change is hard, and so you need to have a clear and powerful vision for others to believe in, and you must communicate that vision constantly and consistently," Rosenfeld told Forbes last year.
Li Dang joined the company in 2000 as vice general manager, working her way up to general manager in 2005.
The company, one of China’s largest industrial conglomerates, employs 45,000 and is comprised of 90 units involved in manufacturing, trade and engineering contracting, pharmaceuticals, technical services, construction and real estate.
In 2014, Reynolds American Inc. elected Cameron as CEO bringing her out of retirement. She had been CEO from 2004 to 2011.
“Susan’s 30 years of experience with our companies and her previous service in this role make her an exemplary choice for this key leadership position,” said Thomas C. Wajnert, non-executive chairman of RAI’s board of directors.
Minzgzhu has been the Chairman of the board of Gree Group, and President of Gree Electric Appliances, Inc., of Zhuhai since May 2012.
She was appointed as the Messenger of Sustainable Urban Development by the United Nations in September 2014. She was also voted the “Chinese Business Woman of Year 2014” by Forbes Asia.
In 2003, Fengying became the first female executive In China's auto industry.
She started her career at the company at 21 and by 33 was general manager.
Under Wang's leadership, Great Wall Motor has become one of the top automakers in China. In September 2011, the company was listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, making it only the second private automaker in China to go public on both the Shanghai and Hong Kong markets.
Walmsley joined GSK in May 2010, becoming president of the Consumer Healthcare business in October 2011.
In March of last year, the company completed a three-part transaction with Novartis, which includes the creation of a joint venture consumer healthcare, with Walmsley as the CEO of the newly created company and a member of its board.
Cooper is only one of two women to run a FTSE 100 Index company. Imperial Tobacco, a British multinational tobacco company, is the world’s fourth-largest cigarette company measured by market share.
She began as an auditor, later working for PricewaterhouseCoopers in acquisitions and strategy planning. She joined Imperial Tobacco in 1999 as group financial controller.
Over the years, I have worked for several women, including three that I greatly admired and respected -- one older, two much younger. All three were professional and respectful toward me. That's all I ask, or expect.
I have also worked with women who think that being pissy shows that they are strong. It shows the exact opposite.
The worst examples of women I have worked with were those who "groomed the alpha male," instead of building relationships with their peers.
The biggest disadvantage that women have is that they can't "hang out" after work, or go out for a beer, or pull an "all-nighter," like us guys can. This is nothing against them. It's the way the world is. Men can develop a comradery that women can't be a part of. As soon as a woman appears on the scene, the dynamics change -- the comradery disappears, and the men become competitors. All the counselling in the world won't change this dynamic. This is why "women in combat" will be a disaster.
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