The Seattle area once again shines in a study focused on gender equity in the workplace, ranking third among the country’s largest metro areas in a measure of the odds of women white-collar managers getting a promotion.
For the Seattle metro area, the odds of a male manager getting a promotion are 23.6%, compared with a woman manager, at 18.8%, the study found ― a ratio that is good enough to earn Seattle a third-place showing among the nation’s 15 largest cities in terms of a woman’s “odds of breaking the glass ceiling.”
The San Francisco area ranked first in the study, followed by Washington, D.C., with women-manager promotion odds of 22.7% and 21%, respectively, compared with their male counterparts at 27.3% and 26%, respectively. The rankings are based on a so-called glass-ceiling ratio ― calculated by dividing the odds of promotion for women by the odds of promotion for men.
The study by personal-finance platform SmartAsset utilized data drawn from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a government agency that reports on the workforce demographics, including gender and race/ethnic categories. As of 2018, some 282,000 private companies reported data to the EEOC on about 56 million workers, capturing about half of the nation’s private-sector workforce.
The key national findings of the study, however, show that much progress still needs to be made in the area of gender equity in the workforce. Those findings:
- * Managerial white-collar jobs are predominantly filled by men.
- * Within the private sector, the odds of promotion for men are about one and a half times higher than they are for women.
- * Women are promoted at higher rates than men in less than 10% of industries.
“Over the past 20 years, women’s employment in the private sector has held steady, increasing by about 1% from 47.2% in 1999 to 48.2% in 2018,” the SmartAsset study states. “Though the representation of women as officials and managers has grown by almost 6% over that same time period, women still represent less than 39% of all officials and managers today.”