Yesterday, LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Company released Women in the Workplace 2018, the fourth annual study of women in corporate America. (Read the full report at womenintheworkplace.com.) The general findings were that - for the 4th year in a row - we have made no substantial progress in diversity representation in Corporate America. For the purposes of this study, having "representation" appears to mean that you would expect managers to be representative of the general worker population. For example, if you have 20% female workers, you'd expect 20% female managers at all levels. Same goes for racial makeups.One interesting finding is that the report notes that 40% of women in senior and technical roles are "only's," defined as women who are often the only one on their team or in the room. According to the survey, the "only's" are both more ambitious and face more challenges than other women. It's even worse for women of color, all of which contributes to the overall attrition rate in engineering. (For a quick explanation about "only's" that doesn't require you to read the full report, see also: Female workplace representation stalls | LinkedIn.)We've all worked on teams with an "only", or you yourself may be one. Please share examples of things you have done (or could do) to support an "only." If you are an "only", please share a time when someone else supported you, or alternatively what we as engineering community can do better to support you.
Society of Women Engineers
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The Society of Women Engineers is the world's largest advocate and catalyst for change for women in engineering and technology."