The pandemic has changed the way we live and work, and women in particular have been disproportionally affected by the global shift. In spring 2020, approximately 3.5 million mothers with school-age children lost jobs or left the workforce in the U.S. Although jobs have returned, there are 1.1 million fewer women in the workforce than in February 2020.
HP’s new global external study reveals not all is lost. Many women are still eager to advance in their careers, with one in three in the U.S. applying for promotions last year. The top reason for applying for a promotion among all adults is to increase income (60%), followed by readiness to take on more responsibility (37%). More women (42%) than men (31%) say they are looking for a promotion because they are already doing higher-level tasks outside of their role.
Additional key findings:
Women’s Ambition Remains, but More Men than Women are Getting Promoted
Among the countries that participated, the top country with women who applied for a promotion was India (90%), which was more than men (67%). United Kingdom came in second with 32% of women who applied for a promotion versus 26% of men. In the U.S., fewer women than men say they applied or expressed interest in a promotion – 30% of women compared to 38% of men. Also, men in the U.S. were more likely to be successful – 52% of men got the promotion they applied for, as opposed to 40% of women.