Explore hot topics for women in manufacturing from the shop floor to the c-suite in CME’s Ask the Lady in the Hard Hat blog series, authored by women with decades of real-world industry experience. Why don’t more women consider manufacturing as a career? Is there really a glass ceiling in the manufacturing workplace? Can/should shift work be scheduled around childcare? Is it ever acceptable to cry at work? We explore the female and male perspective to answers to questions frequently asked by women in manufacturing – both big and small – and provide helpful guidance and recommendations on navigating tricky waters in the world of manufacturing work.
DEAR ASK THE LADY IN THE HARD HARD (MARCH 2021)
“I want to attend a conference that will help me grow professionally and personally, but it’s not specifically tailored to the functional parts of my job. How can I get my boss to pay for the event, give me time off and say yes?”
DEAR ASK THE LADY IN THE HARD HARD (MAY 2021)
DEAR ASK THE LADY IN THE HARD HARD (JUNE 2021)
“I work in a Manufacturing facility with 80 per cent men. My shift has 95 per cent men. I attended a WIM event and it’s 100 per cent women. How can we build understanding and respect when we are talking to ourselves?”
DEAR ASK THE LADY IN THE HARD HARD (SEPTEMBER 2021)
“Before COVID-19, it was easier to segment caring for my kids and switching with my husband to work second shift on the production line. The pandemic has complicated both worlds and I feel exposed as a working mom. How do I get a handle on this work-life balance thing?”