It is very common in the financial press to just blame the people that are in the position of doing actions. Hey why not, who’s is going to call them...
I enjoyed this article by Carol Cain describing the current state of women participation in the manufacturing industry and overall employment. The details are not favorable. With new data indicating there are more opportunities for women, the same data indicates there are less women entering engineering. Currently, 25% of the engineering enrollment nationally represents women with a overweight concentration in Bio-med and environmental.
Compounding this issue is another study indicating that by the 8th grade most people have determine their general path for a career and educational roadmap. In order to influence change, many industry leaders have implemented several programs. STEM is the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics combine into collations to foster growth in these fields. In Michigan, the Michigan Council of Women in Technology (MCWT) is organizing a one day event to promote IT with the Girl Scouts. Another event sponsored by Toyota and the Professional Section of the Society of Women Engineers hosted 150 fourth to sixth graders to spend a day with engineers. These types of events will eventually address this gap in participation.
The real question remains. Will opportunities match women participation? If this becomes a true statement, we are eliminating the 8th waste in the Toyota Production System (TPS), de-motivating the workforce by not asking for input or recognizing success or not aligning people and resources with the tasks necessary to perform the task.
Gary Kapanowski – Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt – Excelsior
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