Why Aren’t Women Running the Automotive Industry? Is it Time to Close the Gender Gap in Automotive Pay, Policy, and Power?

SITUATION:
Pick up any copy of the weekly Automotive News and you will see coverage and management interviews with male managers but few if any women.
Scan, thumb through, and even drill down into the content of the auto industry trade print and online magazines and e-news letters,
The coverage is about what males in the automotive industry (mostly white)  are doing, thinking, saying,  and running.
The gap in compensation, power  and management structure responsibility has no transparency. Its a societal issue or problem.

THE REAL QUESTION IS:  [Click and stream the video link below}
Does this video capture much of the situation with Women in the automotive industry?
Is this what it is really like and these are some of the things that need to get fixed?
Could apply the insightful observation of Sallie Krawcheck to the situation and condition of women in the automotive industry?

“Closing gender wealth gap could take 200 years”
https://www.cnbc.com/video/2019/03/13/bank-of-america-closing-gender-wealth-gap-could-take-200-years.html

SIGNIFICANCE:
The June 8th issue of Automotive News has a photo of exactly two women in the entire issue.
Liz Dwyer, Ford Service Division Marketing Manager and Kellie Hock, McKinsey consultant.
In the same issue, there are over 40 photos of & extensive content about mostly white males.
This almost complete lack of coverage of women leadership is manifested in a Gender Gap in pay, promotions, & power..

SOLUTION:
The leaders of every OEM, Industry Association, and automotive press organizations need to start talking about this disparity.
And a kind of discrimination the has permeated the Auto Industry for years. The taking action to fix the problem, pandemic & all..
Nobody wants to bring up the subject, not even on the platforms of industry conferences  or now on Zoom online panels.
Industry Associations founded to help and nurture women in automotive to gain progress, power, & position do a great job of giving their membership support & resources to get ahead
but these women organizations never seen to surface the real need for change in their conferencing and communications within the Industry.
Nor to somehow demand or command it.

STATS:
Young women are becoming educated– 9% of young American women have a master’s, doctoral or undergraduate degree;
The total female work force in automotive is less than 25%.

SAYS:

” If you don’t have to pay women more, why should you do it?” Sallie Krawcheck, CEO, Elevest

SOURCES:
“Closing the gender pay gap could have big economic benefits”
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/08/closing-the-gender-pay-gap-could-have-big-economic-benefits.html

Sallie Krawcheck, CEO, Elevest Interview on CNBC:   https://www.cnbc.com/video/2019/03/13/bank-of-america-closing-gender-wealth-gap-could-take-200-years.html

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