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Women’s Transportation Seminar San Francisco Chapter Releases Third Longitudinal Study of Women in the San Francisco Bay Area Transportation Industry


Women’s Transportation Seminar San Francisco Chapter Releases
Third Longitudinal Study of Women in the San Francisco Bay Area Transportation Industry

San Francisco, California, March 8, 2016 – 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: A Longitudinal Study Benchmarking Women in Leadership Roles – Report 3.”

This report is an update to two prior studies (conducted in 2011and 2013), each evaluating the status of women in the Bay Area transportation industry and recommending current best practices for the development of women in the workplace. The WTS-SF Glass Ceiling Task Force believes that these updated biennial reports are a means of tracking the traditionally male-dominated transportation industry’s progress supporting the advancement of women.

The most remarkable finding from the 2015 survey (comprised of 2014 data from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) is the overall trend in companies reporting a higher percentage of female employees in managerial positions.  In previous years, the mode (the most frequent value reported by the companies) for percentage of female employees in managerial positions was less than 10%.  In 2014, mode was 20-29%, indicating a healthy advancement of women to managerial positions.  This is perhaps an outcome from the uptick in part-time, work from home and mentoring programs reported from 2010 to 2012, all of which have been attributed to women’s success in the workplace. The 2014 data showed a decrease in these areas, which may be an outcome of the greater in-office and hourly demands placed on workers during the robust economic times in the Bay Area from 2012 to 2014. The impact of these reductions may be reflected in the next report.


To further promote the WTS mission in the advancement, recruitment, and retention of women in the industry, the Task Force offers the following lessons learned and steps for moving forward: continue to track progress every two years; learn from the Bay Area’s technology sector and other innovative industries to see what policies and programs they have in place to support the advancement and retention of women; encourage organizations to institute and promote programs and educational tools to eliminate second generation bias; and support internal capacity building of other WTS chapters who wish to conduct similar studies.


WTS is an international organization of more than 6,000 transportation professionals – both women and men – with 45 chapters representing cities and states within the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain. The mission of WTS “to build the future of transportation through the global advancement of women” is realized through a multitude of programs, including leadership training and mentoring, networking, education, and professional development. For more information, please visit www.wtsinternational.org.



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