Whether we want to believe it or not, men and women have always been viewed as two different sets of people. And of course, there are stereotypes that go with the sets. Women are supposed to like pink, and men blue. Women are supposed to take care of the children, men are supposed to bring home the bacon. Women are supposed to be emotional, men should never even shed a tear. The list goes on. If we look past the stereotypes, we see that - in a good way - the world is a lot messier than that. We have the women that want climb the corporate ladder. We have the stay-at-home dads. We have women in project management that want to change the fact that it's still an area that's male dominant. Science says that project management, leadership, and contemporary workplace all are a good fit for women. However, there are still some obstacles to overcome. But let's have a look a the fabulous women (or the statistics about them) in project management anyway, shall we?
THERE ARE MORE THAN TWO TIMES MORE MEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT THAN WOMEN
According to PMI's 2008 Membership Satisfaction Study, the gender breakdown of membership is 70% male and 30% female. In addition, in the results of PMI's 2008 Pulse of the Professional Survey, 32% of Project Management Professionals (PMPs®) are female and 68% male.
Since multiple studies have found that women are better at assessing risk and therefore can guide their actions accordingly, women tend to be better and scheduling resources and budgeting projects. That sounds like a pretty good reason to hire more women, right?
WOMEN ARE OFTEN ASSIGNED TO FEMALE MANAGERS
According to PMI female project team members are 9.0 times more likely to be assigned to female project managers than are male project team members. The more the merrier, huh.
WOMEN EARN LESS
Although The Institute for Fiscal Studies found that wage gap between men and women has reduced from 28% in 1996 to 23.1% there's still a long way to go. For now, the wage gap has largely decreased because more women are college graduates now. Research by CMI says that the lack of promotions for women is what's keeping the gender pay gap going. What's even worse - even if women get promoted to be senior managers they are less likely to receive bonuses.
WOMEN FIND THEIR BIGGEST OBSTACLE TO BE OVER-HOURS
According to Pew Research Centre four-in-ten Americans do not believe that women’s responsibilities to family stand in the way of them becoming top business executives, but about a quarter (23%) say this is a major reason and an additional 35% say it is at least a minor reason that more women are not running large businesses. Since women don't want to take on over-hours to keep a work-life balance, it's considered a weakness but when it comes to decision-making, quality matters more than the amount of time spent in the office, and over-hours are not something anyone should do to succeed.