Assuming you have been keeping up to date with the latest trends and movements (even movements that have been ongoing for years) then you are most likely aware that in multiple situations, people are pushing for women to be more included. It has been made a point by many people that women are underrepresented. Today, we are going to discuss whether women are underrepresented in the logistics industry or not.

 

Tami Lorenzen-Fanselow is the CEO of FCL Logistics in Carson

Source: https://lbbusinessjournal.com/news/female-professionals-in-myriad-of-trade-roles-seek-to-inspire-young-women

 

All around the internet, there are surveys and statistical studies that show that women do not make up even half of the total workforce in the logistics industry. The number of females in the industry can be as little as 25%. Industrial firms are also very likely to require that new employees have a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) degree which some would say women are less likely to have. According to the Canadian Women’s Foundation, only about 25% of Vice President positions are held by women and only 10% of CEO positions are held by women. In the last decade, the amount of women in industries that one would normally not find them in is growing. However, there still is not a consistent ratio of men to women in some of these industries that are led predominantly by men.

All this being said, let us talk about whether these statements are valid or not. Overall, it may be seen that there are few women in leadership roles in the logistics industry. However, from personal experience, I have met plenty of women who carry these leadership roles just by reaching out to them through the EasyCargo load planning software such as my fellow team members and users of our program. The logistics industry has been made to look like it does not hire women and does not care to have women workers. I do not think this is true. If we think about the personal interests between men and women, men are more likely to want to pursue an industry like logistics than women are. Statistically speaking, it is possible that there are few women in the logistics industry because few women want to be in the logistics industry.

In terms of women being unlikely to carry a STEM degree, I also do not think this is true from my personal experience. As a college student, it is often that I see more women in my STEM classes (such as calculus, organic chemistry, physics, etc) than I see men. Women and men can be equally smart enough to pursue the same field as long as they both work hard enough. To say that women are unlikely to have a STEM degree could also come down to whether they are interested in that field or not, not based on whether one gender is smarter than the other.

In the end, what it all comes down to, from the perspective of a student pursuing psychology and medicine, is the psychology and genetics behind personal interest. There are many different fields where there are not as many men and way more women. An example of this is nursing. There are more women in nursing than there are men because it is common to find that women are more caring than men and prefer to take care of patients. Also, going through the public education system, I often had more female teachers than male teachers. Overall, women are more nurturing than men so it makes sense that they end up working in valuable careers to nurture people. Now, whether women are underrepresented or not in the logistics industry can be situational based on what I just mentioned.

Matthew Vinciguerra | 23 Aug 2022