Manufacturing Institute

Women in Manufacturing

Manufacturing faces a serious skills gap. Part of this gap is the underrepresentation of women in the industry. While women make up approximately 50% of the labor force, that number is only about 25% in the manufacturing labor force.

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Production (STEP) Ahead initiative honors and promotes the role of women in the manufacturing industry through recognition, research, and leadership. The STEP Ahead Awards recognize women at all levels of manufacturing, from the factory floor to the C-suite. These women exemplify the smart, safe and sustainable workforce critical to keeping U.S. manufacturing globally competitive. These awards illustrate the widespread impact women have on shaping the industry, whether they are running the company, designing the next big product, or testing innovations on the shop floor.

Nominees will be selected by The Manufacturing Institute STEP Awards Review Committee based on specific contributions or technical achievements the nominee has made for her company, past experiences that have shaped her and her accomplishments in manufacturing, and her unique talents/abilities that distinguish her from her peers and commitment to her community.

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