The male dominance in the Logistics or Supply Chain industry has been evident since the beginning, and over the years the same tradition has been followed. Even though there has been a rise of women in the business world, the logistics sector still somehow lags behind in attracting more females and leveraging their skills. Since the advent of the logistics sector, it is considered that the nature of work and the amount of time one has to put-in is something that only men can handle. And, it is because of this belief that today, even though the supply chain is a very large industry with more than 125 million people working in it, only about 20% of them are women.

Though the number of women in the industry also depends on the status of the country and cultural beliefs, the number of men in logistics is enormously high as compared to the number of women even in the developed nations. Cultural barriers and traditional stereotypes against the idea of women working outside their home and the general belief that women are not physically capable for the maritime industry is the major reason behind the gender imbalance in the industry. This is also the reason why we are missing out on a lot of talent.

Earlier, because of the tight recruitment market, overall culture, and attitudes within the established workforce, it was difficult to attract more women and retain those who were already working in the industry. Gender imbalance was one of the major problems that the Logistics industry was facing.

But the good news is that there is a huge shift in the mindset of the people working in this industry and also among married women and mothers who earlier thought they wouldn’t be able to balance the work pressure since they have many additional responsibilities outside of their careers.

Today, more and more women are stepping out and understanding that it is the need of the hour for them to actively contribute and join the logistics and supply chain companies at all levels. And not just women, nowadays, companies are also actively trying to redress the gender imbalances in the industry and wider opportunities and other benefits are being made available for women which were not available earlier.

With more number of women performing extremely well in the logistics sector, the stereotype associated with women working in such a dynamic industry is breaking and more women are now considering to be a part of this massive work sector.

According to the latest study, women have started showing interest in the supply chain sector, and with companies adopting new laws and policies, such as maternity leaves, flexible hours of working etc., to support women at the workplace it is guaranteed that the percentage of women working in the supply chain and transportation sector will surely increase in the coming future.

With companies leveraging latest technology in activities that used to be more physical and laborious, which was not considered to be suitable for women, is now swift, easy and less tedious which is making it possible for women to work in this industry and also manage other responsibilities efficiently.

At FreightBro, we believe in valuing and nurturing each and every employee and their talent regardless of their gender. We believe every person has some unique talent and skills which, if leveraged properly, can benefit any organization tremendously.

   

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