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Report, “Women in the San Francisco Bay Area Transportation Industry: The Second of a Longitudinal Study for Benchmarking of Women in Leadership Roles”

 

San Francisco, California, March 11, 2014 – The Women’s Transportation Seminar San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (WTS-SF) today, in celebration of International Women’s Day, released its report “Women in the San Francisco Bay Area Transportation Industry: The Second of a Longitudinal Study for Benchmarking of Women in Leadership Roles.”

This is an update to the 2012 report, “Women in the San Francisco Bay Area Transportation Industry: A Baseline Study for Future Benchmarking of Women in Leadership Roles.” The Glass Ceiling Task Force believes that these updated biennial reports will be a means of tracking the progress and status of women in the Bay Area and identifying potential policies or programs to support the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women in transportation.

Key study findings indicated that in 2010, 59% of participating organizations had less than 10% of their female employees in managerial employees. In 2012, 44% of participating organizations had less than 10%, suggesting approximately a 17% growth of women in managerial positions. Additionally, in 2010 33% of participating organizations reported having an official mentoring program. In 2012, 43% of participating organizations reported having an official mentoring program, representing a 10% increase. When asked about potential barriers to the recruitment, retention, or advancement of women, 67% of survey respondents identified work culture and 43% identified flexible work schedules, as being significant concerns.

In moving forward, the Glass Ceiling Task Force has provided the following lessons learned: 1) invest in mentoring and leadership development programs, 2) promote women in local-, small- and disadvantaged business enterprises, 3) support other WTS chapters wishing to conduct similar studies, and 4) promote self-educated leadership developments.

WTS is an international organization of more than 4,000 transportation professionals – both women and men – with 45 chapters representing cities and states within the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain. The mission statement of WTS “transforming the transportation industry through the advancement of women” is operationalized through programs including leadership training and mentoring, networking, education, and professional development.  www.wtsinternational.org

 

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