Working in The Automotive Trade as a Female Mechanic (Technician) certainly has a rough road to navigate in gender positioning in the Automotive Industry.
Most companies say they’re committed to advancing women into leadership roles. What they may fail to recognize, though, is that systemic barriers are holding women back. As a result, women remain disadvantaged at every stage of their employment and underrepresented in positions of power.
Drawing on their research and the scholarship of others, the authors describe common forms of gender discrimination in seven key areas of talent management: attracting candidates, hiring employees, integrating newcomers into the organization, developing employees, assessing performance, managing compensation and promotion, and retaining employees.
Companies can level the playing field by identifying patterns of gender bias in the way they treat people and then systematically making appropriate changes.
They can, for example, avoid loaded language in job postings, anonymize the resumes of applicants, cultivate an inclusive culture, increase women’s access to mentors, set clear criteria for salary offers and raises, and destigmatize flexible work arrangements.
Research has shown the value of all these practices in fully leveraging women’s talents.
Working in the Trade
According to recorded times, the first Female Mechanic made an appearance in 1924.
First Woman to Invent a Car
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Women at the wheel: An introduction
Women make up about half of the labor force. Women in the automotive industry, however, comprise only a quarter of the auto manufacturing workforce. They continue to represent an underutilized resource for automotive companies looking to gain a competitive advantage.
For the past several years, Deloitte and Automotive News have been working together to shine a light on gender issues in the global automotive industry while illuminating the way forward for women in automotive and those who champion them.
This year, we have broadened the scope of the program to include survey responses from hundreds of industry professionals (both women and men), intending to explore their views on inclusion and diversity in the automotive industry.
We hope that you take the time to download and explore the 2020 survey and that it serves to inform a robust dialogue around the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion for automotive businesses going forward. Sorry About the 2020 Survey I seem to have forgotten to put it into my post.
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The need for change
There is a large discrepancy between genders on whether attitudes toward women have improved in the last five years—and far fewer women feel this way over the past three studies.
Women in Automotive
Why We Need More Women in Automotive
It’s been proven time and time again that companies perform better when they have diverse teams and diverse leaders. It has also been proven that women carry 80% of the buying power in their households! This means if we want to broaden our consumer base and speak to the masses.
We need more diversity in the dealerships at all levels. Here are some of the top reasons we need to work hard to draw more women into the automotive industry.
Women Often Prefer to Deal with Another Female
This one is BIG! In most industries, women seek other women in business. Whether it’s their Doctor, Psychologist, Banker, Lawyer, or Salesperson, the majority of women favor dealing with the same gender.
It comes down to feeling heard, and most women have done their research, but want someone who can understand them and listen. Can a man do this?
Absolutely! But sometimes it takes a woman up front for others to walk through the door in the first place. With so much research done before walking into the store, it’s so important to have women highlighted in social media, business pages, and out front in the dealerships to make a great first impression on female consumers.
Women Bring a Fresh Take on Business
Because 80% of the buying power in a household is from women, we need to make sure we’re appropriately marketing to them. Women in automotive bring fresh ideas and real examples to the table.
The more women we have at these meetings, the more examples we have of how they like to do business! Men making decisions based on what they think women want has been happening for far too long, we need more women in the industry to break this barrier.
It’s Not All About Cars
A common misconception is you need to know about and love cars to join the industry, it’s not the focus anymore. Cars you can learn about (if it’s even necessary for your role), but what can’t be taught is determination, drive, and compassion.
Women already have all it takes to be successful in automotive. A career in automotive is going to make an impact on more lives than one would imagine.
It’s sometimes easy to forget when we’re dealing with it every day, what a major decision a vehicle purchase or service is.
Women Supporting Women’s Growth
Most still consider the automotive industry a man’s world. And although it is predominantly male, the women that are already here are real powerhouses. There are so many resources and groups to join for support within the industry.
Women In Automotive, Women of Color Automotive Network, and Girls Auto Network- to name a few! These organizations thrive on building up other women so we can have more female leaders within the industry.
Although these resources are out there for women, they can be valuable for all dealers and men to further understand that part of the industry! Because of the past stigmas of automotive, it is that much more exhilarating when women can break through those barriers with support and confidence!
Women Create a More Welcoming Environment
Many dealerships and their aesthetics have changed over the last few years, and a lot of that comes down to women in the workplace! More and more companies want to hire women but don’t present an inclusive environment.
The culture, look, and flexibility of a workplace plays a huge part when it comes to people applying for jobs.
Although these things are very important for a comfortable work environment for everyone, it also affects the customer. Dealerships need to continue to grow when it comes to the culture of the store. Women need to be welcomed both to work and to spend time as a customer in the store.
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This should conclude how Important Women are in all fields in all Industries. 11 key women in automotive history
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