A new study carried out by Deloitte Canada and Automotive News reveals that there’s still much progress to be made before women feel fully at home in the automotive industry. The study was conceived as a way to get a firmer grip on where women feel there are still problems in terms of diversity, equity and inclusion.
Most strikingly, close to half of the women surveyed as part of the study said they would choose a different industry if they had to do it all over again. In comparison, one-third of male respondents gave the same response. Specifically, women gave the following as their top reasons for wanting a do-over: lack of promotion opportunities and a lack of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Still a man’s world
As for women entering the workforce, that perceived lack of diversity, equity and inclusion was the number-one reason given for them not considering the automotive industry. And while a solid majority of male respondents (64 percent) said they felt the sector has made significant or at least positive progress in the evolution of attitudes towards female professionals in the past five years, women by and large begged to differ: only 39 percent agree with that supposition, and in fact 35 percent said they felt things have gotten worse.
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