How Millennial Women are Helping End Workplace Inequality

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Online Human Resources’ main writer, Emily Manke, was featured in the women in business blog, The Jane Dough. The column, titled “How Millennial Women can Help Close the Wage Gap,” speaks about the growing number of women in business and leadership postions, and the positive effect it’s having on businesses. OHR and Manke, remain committed to helping gather and distribute information regarding issues with women in education and the workplace.

The topic of gen y women in the workplace is one OHR is familiar with. Perhaps in anticipation of this topic, OHR has covered workplace issues regarding both gen y, and women in the workplace. With gen y set to take over the workplace in the next 30 years, and women’s role in business steadily increasing, it makes sense that we would prepare for this shift with research, and thoughtful consideration. Hopefully this preparation will pay off in the form of happy, engaged gen y and women workers.

“How Millennial Women can Help Close the Wage Gap,” focuses on a number of pertinent issues related to women in the workplace. Gender pay inequality, women in leadership positions, women entering the workplace in large numbers globally, and flexible work options, are all factored into the gender wage gap, and howq women in the workplace, and gen y, is closing it once and for all. There are a number of factors at play when it comes to why pay inequality exists, and how we can end it.

Aside from women’s excellent performance both academically, and in the workplace, Manke points to technology, to help aid in allowing flexibility for working moms, and ultimately ending pay inequality.

Technology and globalization are increasing the prevalence of virtual, flexible workplaces. This is hopeful for women in the workplace, not only because it’s better for all women, but because it can be a godsend for working mothers.” Manke explains. “While we may be a long way from paid maternity leave in the US, which is an integral part of obtaining gender pay equality, flexible work hours and telecommuting are part of the solution for working mothers.”

So while pay inequality, and an unequal representation of women in leadership positions does still exist, we are making progress. Women in Gen Y aren’t used to being told they can’t do something because of their gender. Couple that, with the fact that technology is making remote working a real, feasible option, and a lack of maternity leave won’t be able to excuse pay inequality for much longer. Hopefully, as the research roles in, and more and more people stand up for what’s right, pay inequality of all kinds, will eventually be a thing of the past.



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