Nearly 50 years ago, The Personnel Administrator (the precursor to the Society for Human Resource Management’s HR Magazine) published the article, “Women at Work: One of the Most Controversial Issues of the Sixties,” by Dr. Daniel Kruger. The article examined the societal, labor and economic forces that were compelling women to join the workforce. As to why he wrote the article, Kruger noted that “our concern here is with the role of women in the labor force. We leave others to discuss the impact of working women on family life, mental health, juvenile delinquency, and on society as a whole.” (SHRM, 2008).
The debate surrounding women in the workforce has shifted somewhat in 50 years, but it still continues. In 1964, women comprised nearly 40 percent of the U.S. labor force (up from 32 percent in 1948). Today, women make up 61 percent of the labor force and are attaining college-level degrees at a faster rate than their male counterparts [Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in U.S. Department of Commerce et al, 2011].
There are definite rewards for organizations that target women in their recruiting, development and retention efforts. Take a look at our white paper on the topic titled The New Business Imperative: Recruiting, Developing and Retaining Women in the Workplace by clicking below.
UNC Executive Development offers a 3-day workshop on the above topics and much more for women in the workplace. Click here to learn more about our Women in Business program.