These are the convictions shared by the women in our 2016 Global Power 100 — Women in Staffing, the North America 50 list. When we decided last year to design a new list to celebrate women in the industry, it was to chronicle the achievements of a group who dominated the industry but only at the branch office level. The boardroom and the executive offices were typically controlled by men.
The statistics haven’t altered noticeably since 2015, but a spotlight has been shone on our industry. There are takeaways for leaders in all sectors from these stories.
And across industries, there has been improvement. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, among women ages 25 to 64 who are in the labor force, the proportion with a college degree more than tripled from 1970 to 2013. Women’s earnings as a proportion of men’s earnings also have increased over time. In 1979, women working full time earned 62% of what men earned; in 2013, women’s earnings were 79.6% of men’s.
But this list is not about money alone. It’s about achievements, drive and influence. As the world of work evolves and grows, so do these women. The list is not a ranking, but a shoutout to those women who have made a difference.