From Around the Web: The Coming Rise of Women in Manufacturing

While industry analysts say new technologies are transforming manufacturing, statistics show that women likely still hold on to the traditional image of a manufacturer having rolled up sleeves, greasy hands – and being male.

According to a report from the National Women’s Law Center, women’s share of the manufacturing sector in the United States is currently just over 27 percent, the lowest it’s been since 1971.

While only 22 females on the most recent Forbes list of the 100 most powerful women in the world have made their mark in manufacturing and technology companies, these women debunk the myth that manufacturing is not a suitable career for women. At Jabil, 47 percent of our employees worldwide are females and in the United States about 50 percent of Jabil employees are female.

Natalie Schilling, Human Resources Vice President of Alcoa, recently wrote an article for Forbes negating many of the misconceptions surrounding the culture of manufacturing that keeps females from entering the industry. Schilling argues that not only are these perceptions wrong, but they could hurt companies’ competitiveness.

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