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Report, “Women in the San Francisco Bay Area Transportation Industry: A Baseline Study for Future Benchmarking of Women in Leadership Roles”

Report, “Women in the San Francisco Bay Area Transportation Industry: A Baseline Study for Future Benchmarking of Women in Leadership Roles”

 

Women Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling – WTS SF releases report “Women in the San Francisco Bay Area Transportation Industry: A Baseline Study for Future Benchmarking of Women in Leadership Roles”

 

San Francisco, California, March 8, 2012 -- Today on International Women’s Day, the Women’s Transportation Seminar San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (WTS-SF) releases its report, “Women in the San Francisco Bay Area Transportation Industry: A Baseline Study for Future Benchmarking of Women in Leadership Roles.”

In October 2010, WTS-SF embarked on a research mission to determine whether women working within the transportation industry in the Bay Area face a “glass ceiling” and, if so, what programs and policies could be advocated by WTS-SF in order to help mitigate the “glass ceiling effect.” A Glass Ceiling Task Force was formed to lead this volunteer-based study. Major elements of the endeavor included: 1) a literature review of related studies and best practices in diversity management, 2) an anonymous survey to Bay Area employers, both public and private, to better understand the current status of women in the local transportation industry, and 3) recommendations to further support the advancement of women in the transportation industry.

Women have made great strides in workforce representation over the past few decades. However, many still have difficulty attaining equality in executive and managerial positions. According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), women made up 47% of the workforce in 2010, but only 40% were employed in managerial positions. Women make up only 7.6% of top earners and only fill 15.7% of board directors’ seats in Fortune 500 companies.

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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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