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FEATURE

breaking barriers for women in

S T E M
workplace
encountering barriers*

1in3

* Experience pay inequities
* Find it difficult to balance work, family
and community responsibilities
* Have weak professional networks

1in2

* Feel disrespected by managers, co-workers and/or
clients
* Feel there is a lack of mentorship and/or role models

1in4

* Experience discrimination
* Face harassment and/or bullying
* Are not fully utilizing their STEM skills in their
current role

key
findings

1
2
3
4

Women across different STEM workplaces
have common challenges;
The percentage of women who experienced
a number of the top challenges decreases
significantly when there are more females
in STEM roles in their workplace;
Two out of three women report discrimination
based on gender and one in four experience
both gender and age discrimination;
Differences between the number of women and
men who experience the top challenges are
significant at all career stages.

breaking down
barriers
for women
Activating
Actions
Activating Actions
for employers
*
*
*
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*

Appoint a Champion within your leadership team
Assess your workplace culture
Address unconscious bias
Actively sponsor and mentor
Appraise company policies and practices
* Flexible work arrangement
* Pay equity
* Harassment/discrimination prevention
* Parental leave for men and women
* Recruitment and promotion
* Measure your progress and celebrate successes

Summary
OSPE can only conclude that when 1,349 men and women out of almost 3,000 respondents have made often heartfelt comments
about the challenges they face in their career advancement - Barriers. Exist.
OSPE is not advocating the setting of quotas for women in the workplace, nor stating that all companies treat women with
disrespect. We believe that barriers do exist, and it is time for cultural and workplace policy changes to eliminate any and all forms
of discrimination and inequity. We need to ensure that STEM employers are attracting and retaining all of Canada's talent to drive
innovation and keep our workforce competitive in the global economy.
Download and read the full report on the www.letsbreakbarriers.ca website.
*This data is based on 2,802 responses to an OSPE survey of STEM professionals from across Canada Nov 2017 - Jan 2018. (1727 females, 1172 males, 57 preferred not to answer)

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