In the working world, women have and are continuing to accomplish more than EVER before—we serve in the military, fight crime, fight fires, run companies, lead research teams, and so much more! We have really come a long way since the days of WWII, when we first entered the workforce. And it would be nice to think our battles of equality have been won, but that’s simply not the case.
In our society today women make up roughly about half the American workforce. We are also about 50% of mid-level management. However, at the executive level, women are only about 4% of CEOs in the S&P 500 companies, which are the companies considered the most successful and profitable.
So, why do you think the gender disparity exists? Well, I know why. I have done the research and I have the answers.
I’ve conducted some fairly extensive research on workforce equality for women and what it takes to achieve that goal. And, not surprisingly, you can’t separate workforce equality from home life. The two are distinctly intertwined, especially in our current society which has non-stop, 24/7 workplace demands. In the research, every woman I spoke with talked of how balancing home life with work was difficult, especially as their career grew.
Even in our current society women are still responsible for the largest portion of home responsibilities and care taking of others in the family. And one of the 4 reasons women don’t advance in the workplace as quickly or as often as males do is because of their commitments at home.
However, women, if you desire to advance in your career, the only way you’re going to be successful in doing so is by getting a support system in place. That doesn’t necessarily equate to having someone else raise your kids, either. It could be as simple as having an assistant who helps with grocery shopping, running errands, setting appointments, etc. But, most importantly, of the married mothers who’d climbed their way to executive levels, every one of them attributed their success to the support they had from their husbands.
So men—if you’re serious about supporting women in their advancements in the workforce then help with child responsibilities, making meals, laundry, or dishes. Because honestly, workforce equality will be attainable when we get gender equality in the home.
If you have a story to share about how you balance work and home, I’d love to hear it and possibly feature your experience in a future article.