Heartbreaking Challenges Faced by Women in the Workplace and Online in 2023
The study found that more men reported receiving a bonus in 2023 than in 2021, but women experienced the reverse. Lack of female mentors and role models in the workplace is a major concern for women.
On the occasion of International Women's Day, the TEAM LEWIS Foundation released the findings of a global survey conducted in support of the UN Women's HeForShe program. The study highlights the challenges faced by women in an increasingly digital world.
The research shows that although women have made significant progress in senior management roles, job security and financial rewards are still lagging. The study found that more men reported receiving a bonus in 2023 than in 2021, whereas women experienced the reverse.
The lack of female mentors and role models in the workplace is a major concern for women. One-third of women noted the lack of female mentors and role models in the workplace.
Workplace Blues for Women
This issue becomes more evident as younger women, aged 18-24, are the most reluctant to consider a career in STEM. In tech, only five percent of leadership positions are held by women. One-quarter of women in the study state that they have felt prevented from pursuing a job due to a lack of representation or role models.
The study also reveals that online spaces are unwelcoming to women. About half of men and women agree that the number of sexist comments they see online makes them uncomfortable. Three in ten women agree that sexism has prevented them from joining some online communities.
Inez Odom, Vice President, Professional Development from TEAM LEWIS, said, "As women continue to participate in STEM and online spaces, men need to step up and become better allies.
"Our research shows that when it comes to solving issues in the workplace, men don’t believe it is their responsibility to act. One-third of men feel it is not their place to challenge gender-based discrimination in the workplace.
"Nearly a third of men feel that it is not their place to challenge sexism online. That isn't good enough. It is time for men to take accountability and speak out against sexism both in the real world and online."
The survey's results indicate that more work needs to be done to achieve gender equality and empower women in the workplace, STEM, and online. Women still face significant challenges, and it is essential to continue raising awareness and advocating for change.
The HeForShe program encourages men and boys to become champions of gender equality, and by working together, we can create a more inclusive and equal society.