A new 40-page report released by the Mineta Transportation Institute examines ways to recruit and retain more women in transportation, offering 11 recommendations to help improve both female- and minority-focused hiring practices.
The group’s report – entitled Attracting and Retaining Women in the Transportation Industry and authored by MTI Research Associates Jodi Godfrey and Dr. Robert Bertini – found that while the proportion of women aged 16 and older in the U.S. workforce has grown steadily from 29.6 percent in 1950 to 47.5 percent in 2017, women accounted for less than 15 percent of the transportation industry’s workforce in 2017.
"Gender equality and gender diversity in the workforce are key to the economic growth required for companies to win the talent war,” noted Dr. Bertini in the report. “It is more important than ever to ensure that the talent pool encompasses all qualified candidates, and women are the largest pools of untapped labor globally.”
A global study conducted in 2017 by consulting firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers echoed the need to focus on “diversity issues” as its research found over one fifth of the women said they experienced gender discrimination personally when applying or interviewing for a job. “One thing is clear: employers will need to do more than become better at looking outside when hiring female talent. They will also need to look inside, at their own processes, if they are to succeed in delivering gender inclusive recruitment,” PwC said.
See the full report from AASHTO.