Gender and glass ceiling differences in professional environments
According to the Global Gender Gap Report 2020 edited by the World Economic Forum, it could take almost 100 years for women around the world to have the same rights. Women’s rights policies start with the fight against gender violence and continue with the aim of breaking down sexist stereotypes, ensuring participation in different economic sectors, eliminating gender inequalities in society as well as in the labour market.
Starting with the professional environment, the gender gap is still very much present and is part of a wider system, where the same concept of gender is a cultural construction to be dismantled, which favors the gap and is also accompanied by racial discrimination, homophobic and classy.
A well-established and transversal system which does not allow the necessary participation and penetration of women in political, social and economic life, or inhibits their access to leadership or prestige roles, and hence to button rooms, Conditioned by seemingly invisible barriers, so we speak of glass ceiling “glass ceiling” to break through.
Women and the STEM sector
In particular in the scientific field and especially in the field STEM that concerns us more closely (from Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) the presence of women is still too limited and the power is in the hands of men: The causes are to be traced in the training system first, and then orientation to work, sufficiently polluted by prejudices, social conditioning, stereotypes, which reserve very little space to female models of reference, figures of genius and scientists. Daunting premises that in Italy bring just 12.6% of girls to choose a STEM school path, while only 6.4% works in ICT and 13.3% in engineering-related sectors.
How is the gender gap reflected in the pharma world?
The numbers of female figures in the pharmaceutical sector are an exception, they surpassed men by the number of graduates and tend to achieve the same work successes in the middle-low positions. Even today, unfortunately, we do not find the same scenario in management positions, where men are in a clear majority. Data in hand, according to the She Figures report issued by the European Commission, women in the pharmaceutical market reflect the majority, 53.84%, but going ahead in the careers of the sector, the percentage drops to 40%.
In companies like ours much can be done to promote the culture of equal opportunities and create a truly inclusive working environment. Without forgetting that gender equality is defined as a competitive lever for organizations and communities, while the environments that value diversity and differences are particularly fertile and harbingers of innovation.