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From discrimination to harassment to the uphill battle for career advancement, women have a unique set of challenges to deal with within the workplace. Women have entered the workforce in larger and larger numbers since World War II, and have championed equal rights, equal pay, and pushing to break through the glass ceiling. Yet for more than a decade, women have been making a large exodus from the workforce. The amount of women leaving the workforce is increasing rapidly, and is expected to continue to accelerate. Why? What is driving women out of the workforce?
Women are paid less and are promoted frequently less than men. Women of color are seeing an even larger gap. Despite all these advances the close to the wage gap is slowing; in fact, it has slowed so much it’s not expected to close until 2119. On top of the wage gap, women aren’t being promoted. By the time you get to C-level executives, women are hard to find. And women of color are even more rare Despite, women report being more engaged at work, and those few females who are managers, have employees report having a higher-level engagement than male managers. Companies with women at the top also see an increased profitability.