Women fill a lot of key roles in manufacturing and science, but not nearly enough, the Manufacturing Institute says. And in honoring 130 women — many of them from the plastics industry — the trade group hopes to prompt more women to enter the field.
The 2023 Women MAKE Awards — previously called the STEP Ahead awards — notes that women are key to solving major issues facing science, technology, engineering and production, the institute says.
"Women today account for less than one-third of manufacturers (29 percent) despite representing about half of all workers (47 percent)," the group says. "Women represent one of the largest pools of untapped talent for manufacturers. Thus, closing manufacturing's gender gap is key to closing the skills gap, too. Moreover, research shows that gender diversity benefits a manufacturing firm by improving its ability to innovate and grow."
Honorees in 2023 come from a range of corporations working in the plastics industry, including Dow, BASF, Eastman, Covestro, Whirlpool, Oldcastle, Phoenix Packaging, Toyota and General Motors. They will be honored at an April 30 event.
You can find the full list of honorees here.