Although the COVID-19 pandemic was the top story in 2020, we now have medicines to fight the virus. At least four of the leading vaccines were developed or co-developed by women. There are now more female heads of state and government than at any time in history. Last year, a woman was elected Vice President of the United States for the first time.
Many other wins for national women in 2020 didn’t make the headlines, or were overshadowed by the year’s frenetic news cycle, including advancements made in the supply chain industry. Let’s celebrate women!
- The percentage of female Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) leading companies on the Fortune 500 hit an all-time high of 8.2%.
- Also, the percentage of female Chief Supply Chain Officers (CSCOs), Chief Procurement Officers (CPOs), and executive or senior vice presidents grew to 17% from 11% in 2019, according to Gartner’s 2020 Women in Supply Chain Survey.
- That same survey found that women comprised 39% of the total supply chain workforce. It also reported that 63% of supply chain organizations “have specific goals to increase the number of women leaders in their ranks.”
The world hasn’t yet reached the United Nations goal of gender equality. In places, there is progress towards a more gender-equal workplace. But clearly, there’s more work to be done – especially in supply management.
We spoke to two highly successful female supply chain leaders. They told us how they got into the field and what has helped them to thrive. We asked what advice they would give to women and girls considering a career in supply management, including their younger selves. And what has helped them to succeed an infamously male-dominated industry? Their answers were revealing.