In both the United States and United Kingdom, few women hold leadership positions in trade unions despite the fact that female membership in trade unions has been continually growing. A study from Queen Mary, University of London reveals some of the details about the trade union leadership gender gap.
“Among the UK’s 10 larger unions, there are now four women general secretaries; however only two unions have achieved proportionality on the National Executive.
“In the US, women’s representation has increased dramatically since the 1970s, but men continue to take the top and most powerful positions. In nine major US unions with significant female membership, women comprise 24 per cent of top leaders, but in none of these unions does the female proportion of leaders reflect membership rates.”
Get the details: Trade unions still fail to lure women leaders, study finds, Queen Mary, University of London via www.qmul.ac.uk