Vermont’s economy depends on women advancing

Vermont’s economy depends on women advancing

As our population ages, our number of skilled, reliable employees is shrinking. This challenge is only going to deepen in the coming years.

One response for our state is to attract new people to Vermont who can fill the roles played by those who are moving out of the workforce. But even more important is to look within our own borders to a group of potential business leaders who already live in Vermont: women.

Both nationally and here in Vermont, too few women are advancing in our workplaces. While women are graduating from college and graduate school in greater numbers than men and entering the work force in equal numbers, men remain at least twice as likely as women to get promoted.
Here in Vermont, we see a similar picture. In fact, by one measure it's even worse: according to one study, women-owned businesses in Vermont rank 50th in the nation when it comes to having economic clout in their state.

How do we change this reality and create more opportunities for women to enter and flourish in the workplace? What can we do within our spheres of influence and responsibility to utilize this critical pool of future leaders of our economy?

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