Despite attention given to the issue of gender parity in recent years, according to the World Economic Forum’s annual 2017 Global Gender Gap Report there has been deterioration in women’s economic standing relative to men over the past several years. In its report, the Forum calculated that at the current rate of change, it will take 217 years to close the economic gap between the sexes — 47 years longer than projected in 2016 and 99 years longer than predicted in 2015. Women are not expected to reach economic parity with men until 2234, even before the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution is fully realized. Not only will the revolution transform labour markets and displace jobs, but it will have a disproportionate impact on women.
“We find ourselves at a rare inflection point, navigating broad and potentially game-changing conversations about how women are faring in the workplace and beyond,” said Pat Milligan, Global Leader of Mercer’s When Women Thrive platform. “Everyone — from investors, shareholders, board members and leaders to employees and customers — is aligning on this issue and paying attention like never before.”
Mercer’s latest When Women Thrive research, Accelerating for Impact: 2018 Gender Inflection Point, sets out to further understand the drivers of female advancement, what actionable steps organisations can take to act on this movement, and what type of model for change is necessary. Overall, organisations must take a holistic look at the future of women in the workforce, from the barriers determined to set them back to the urgent need for system accelerators to change the trajectory.
Accelerating for Impact: 2018 Gender Inflection Point examines:
- How data and analytics can and must be used to accelerate women’s careers, even in the face of headwinds, such as job disruptions brought about by the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
- New data and insights around managing the health and wealth of employees in the context of gender differences. Mercer’s research shares new findings and recommendations for helping women better manage their roles as caretakers and chief medical officers for themselves and their families as well as for improving their financial security.
- How organizations can lead courageously to tackle the very challenging problem of driving deep cultural change to support progress on a topic that can challenge individuals’ core beliefs in a polarised landscape.
To learn more about Mercer’s When Women Thrive platform and download this new report, visit here.