Research Shows Women Are Using Digital Skills to Narrow the Workplace Gender Gap

Doubling the Pace at Which Women Become Frequent Users of Digital Technologies Will Help Achieve Gender Equality in the Workplace in 25 Years
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Julie Sweet, Group Chief Executive-North America

(Washington, D.C., Thursday, March 3, 2016) – According to a new Accenture research, women are using digital skills to gain an edge in preparing for work, finding work and advancing at work.  While men still lead in using digital at work, women are becoming more digitally savvy. This will help close the gender gap in the workplace.

If governments and businesses can double the pace at which women become frequent users of digital technologies, gender equality could be reached in the workplace in 25 years in developed nations. At the current pace, however, such equality won’t be achieved until 2060.

Julie Sweet, Group Chief Executive-North America, comments on the report.

SOUNDBITE #1:

ALTHOUGH DIGITAL FLUENCY HELPS WOMEN ADVANCE IN THEIR CAREERS, ITS IMPACT HAS NOT CLOSED THE GENDER GAP AMONG EXECUTIVES - OR EXTENDED TO PAY EQUALITY.  MEN ARE STILL, BY FAR, THE DOMINANT EARNERS BY HOUSEHOLD FOR ALL THREE GENERATIONS WE SURVEYED. THIS WILL CHANGE AS MORE MILLENNIAL WOMEN AND DIGITAL NATIVES MOVE INTO MANAGEMENT. OUR RESEARCH FINDS THAT SIX IN TEN MILLENNIAL WOMEN ASPIRE TO BE IN LEADERSHIP POSITIONS.

SOUNDBITE #2:

INCREASING WOMEN’S DIGITAL FLUENCY WILL ALLOW US ACHIEVE GENDER EQUALITY FASTER BY HELPING THOSE WOMEN REACH HIGHER LEVELS OF EDUCATION AND INCREASING THEIR EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES.  THIS MEANS INCREASING ACCESS TO AND ABILITY TO USE DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES IN BOTH PERSONAL AND WORK LIFE.  IT IS ALSO WIN-WIN FOR GOVERNMENT AND BUSINESS, BECAUSE IT WILL EXPAND THE POOL OF TALENTED INDIVIDUALS AVAILABLE TO FILL THE POSITIONS THAT ARE CRITICAL TO SUPPORTING A GROWING ECONOMY.

For more information visit, accenture.com/GettingToEqual.

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