Creating Women’s Future Now
Creating Women’s Future Today
“On International Women’s Day, I encourage you to pause and consider the progress women have made and the objectives we continue to strive for to achieve gender equity. From my own vantage point as Director of Corporate Partnerships at the Boston College Center for Work ; Family (BCCWF), I’m especially interested in how women are faring in the workforce and whether they are able to thrive in both their careers and their personal lives.” Jennifer Sabatini Fraone, March 2017 (Huffington Post)
The year is 2017, yet here we are talking about gender disparity happening around us. Whether in household or workplace, women are still not given an equal opportunity to thrive and succeed. According to UN Gender Statistics Report 2015, although the education gap has been narrowed down, in other areas, however, not much progress can be seen. The world labour force comprises only 50 per cent of women compared to 77 per cent of men. In Malaysia, out of 14.7 million workforces, almost 8 million of them are women. Overall, women are still far from having an equal voice to men in public and private spheres, and still subjected to various forms of gender disparity.
Just as many studies and reports suggest that a more gender-inclusive political system may lead to better policies for women and girls, and integrating women into corporate boards may mean reaching new consumers, not to mention higher profits. In a rising world of technology and innovation, clearly, there is a need for female representatives in the workforce.
A report by World Economic Forum stated that it is easier to recruit women in traditional Personal Care and Service, and Office Administration jobs, compared to ‘hard-hat’ industries such as construction, manufacturing, utilities and engineering, computer and communication technology, to name a few. Male-dominated industries and occupations are particularly vulnerable to masculine stereotypes that make it even more difficult for women to excel. The new upcoming technology-based industries are not yet in favor of female employment.
Women Are Losing Jobs To Technology And MEN
At the turn of a new century, traditional work environment (8-hour office job, rigid leader – subordinate structure, narrow job scope) has become a thing of a past as we entered the fourth industrial revolution. The Millennial Generation, digital workforce/human cloud, workplace structures and monitoring, and not to mention technology advancement are major contributors to these changes in conservative work environment, further pushing women into the employment cavity.
A research study by Oxford University found that 47 per cent of all employment (80 million jobs in the US and 15 million in UK) is threatened technological unemployment, where the loss of jobs caused by technological change. Technology exacerbated declines in employment and incomes by eliminating certain tasks and deskilling many jobs. Artificial Intelligence, robotics and complex computerised equipment successfully replaced often skilled labour; communication technology has allowed human digital workforce/human clouds to thrive, including those in engineering, architectural, accounting or legal services and even medical procedures.