The opening episode of Plastics News Radio looks at the gender gap in U.S. factories. That's how the Manufacturing Institute describes a situation where women make up 47 percent of the overall labor force but only 27 percent of employees in manufacturing.
The podcast includes a conversation with the executive director of the institute, Jennifer McNelly, providing some best practices for companies and discussing the institute's research on how women in manufacturing see the issue. It also includes shorter interviews with some women profiled in our Breaking the Mold report.
The Manufacturing Institute, which is part of the Washington-based National Association of Manufacturers, makes a business case that women are an untapped talent pool for manufacturers, and can be an important tool in closing the skilled labor shortage that manufacturers face. They released a report with Deloitte last year.
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