Women account for nearly one-third of employees in the manufacturing industry, where men have historically held the majority of jobs, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
The situation includes manufacturers and other outsourcers serving the medical device space.
The lack of diversity is even more apparent farther up the corporate leadership ladder. According to a report from the Centers for American Progress, women hold 52% of professional jobs in the U.S., but only 14.6% of CEOs are women.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission also reports that only a fifth of executives, senior officers and managers in the U.S. high-tech industries are women.
To close out Women’s History Month this year, here are 11 women in manufacturing you should know.
This story originally ran March 27, 2019. Updated June 27, 2019.