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Juli Smith, President of The Smith Consulting Group – A member of the Sanford Rose Associates® network of offices, Featured in Working Mother, 15 Ways The Workplace Will Change For Women In 2018, According To Experts
Plano, TX 1/3/2018
There’s no doubt that 2017 was a whirlwind of a year—the last 12 months have brought their fair share of challenges and scandals. Our country is coping with the aftermath of an array of mass shootings, bombings, data breaches, hurricanes and wildfires but, nevertheless, we persist.
As for women around the world (and universe), well, Peggy Whitson—the first woman to command the International Space Station—broke the U.S. record for the most cumulative days spent in orbit. A royal decree lifted the ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia. The voices of workplace sexual harassment victims across the U.S. were finally heard. And studies show that women have moved into more leadership roles across all industries, including the male-dominated Silicon Valley with companies as big as PayPal.
So what might 2018 have in store, particularly for women in the workplace? We asked people to weigh in on their predictions for the new year.
“Women represent 57 percent of the total workforce, according to the Department of Labor, yet only 12 percent of the total workforce in engineering,” says Juli Smith, president of the Smith Consulting Group, LLC. “It’s always been a male-dominated field despite efforts from organizations such as The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and others to encourage STEM careers for women. More women are entering the profession but more are also leaving because of the way they are being treated in the workplace. An ASCE study done in 2012 showed that many women left the industry because of low morale, a lack of support from their male supervisors and an ‘uncivil’ workplace environment.”