Only 30 per cent of global companies prioritizing gender equity: survey


Published March 8, 2021 at 10:49 pm


While many businesses have taken to sharing how important women are to them on social media, in celebration of International Women’s Day, that could just be performative.

A recent survey from IBM found, despite the fact the pandemic has help raise awareness of issues many women face in the workplace, gender equity is still not a top priority for 70 percent of global businesses.

Additionally, based on the findings, fewer women surveyed hold senior vice president, vice president, director and manager roles in 2021 than they did in 2019.

Further, according to the results, employees are feeling less optimistic about their companies prioritizing gender equity in the future than in years past—only 62 per cent of women and 60 per cent of men believe their organization will significantly improve gender parity over the next five years. These percentages are down nine and seven per cent respectively from 2019.

“The data show that many women leaders are experiencing challenges at this moment. If these issues are not addressed more deeply than in prior years, there is a risk of progress backsliding further,” Bridget van Kralingen, senior vice president of global markets with IBM, said in a news release.

“We should seize creative solutions now and redouble our efforts to make meaningful, lasting change that can help all women reach their full potential,” she continued.

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