Today is International Women’s Day, a time to celebrate the many achievements and contributions women have made in building our society. It is also an opportunity to talk about how we can create a world that is more fair and inclusive.
It’s been a year since the pandemic and remote work life changed the face of the professional world. March 2020 set off a landslide of office shut-downs, layoffs, and salary freezes. So much of life has changed since then, especially how we work, with the boundary between life and work nearly erased. Female professionals on Fishbowl have often discussed the tension between the relief of having a job while also being burdened by more responsibilities with the remaining tasks of laid off employees—and for many, the additional weight of childcare.
In commemoration of International Women’s Day this year, we will be hosting audio events on the Fishbowl app: our inaugural Career Coaching event series hosted in the Female Bosses bowl, as well as a conversation with industry leaders on Covid’s Impact On Women & Their Careers. The event will focus on the critical role women play in a post-COVID economic recovery and in shaping the future of work.
In conjunction with the International Women’s Day events, Fishbowl is releasing survey results by gender on different burdens professionals face in a post-Covid world:
- 1. Advocating for yourself during a pandemic
- 2. The increase of childcare responsibilities.
Here’s what professionals in Consulting, Advertising, Law, Tech, Finance and Accounting had to say:
Women & Career Advancement
Women still experience a pay gap compared to their male counterparts, which many theorize may be exacerbated by the pandemic. Female communities on Fishbowl have been talking about their hesitation in advocating for themselves during a crisis, “playing by the rules” when companies speak of salary freezes. More women have stopped themselves than men: Nearly half of the women surveyed said the pandemic stopped them from asking for a raise or promotion, while nearly two thirds of men have not been stopped from asking for more during the pandemic.
The survey ran February 26 through March 3, 2021 and was answered by a total of 16,879 verified professionals on the Fishbowl app.
Here’s more detailed info:
- Survey question: We asked users of the Fishbowl app to answer True or False to this statement: “The changes caused by the pandemic have stopped me from asking for a raise or promotion.”
- Gender: 42.39% of women said that the changes due to the pandemic have stopped them from asking for a raise or a promotion, versus just 31.79% of men.
- By State: Indiana, Tennessee, and Louisiana were the three states with the highest percentage of employees said the pandemic thwarted them from asking for a raise or promotion, with 46.36%, 43.6%, and 43.39% respectively. Conversely, the District of Columbia, Utah, and Maryland had the lowest, with 24.92%, 29.92%, and 30.45% respectively.
- By Industry: Marketing, HR, and Accounting were the industries with the highest percentage of employees saying the pandemic has stopped them from asking for a raise or promotion with 54.48%, 41.35%, and 39.79% respectively. Conversely, Finance, Law, and Tech had the lowest, with 25.79%, 29.96%, and 30.8% respectively.
Women & Childcare
Nearly two thirds of female professionals have seen the increased demands of childcare have a negative impact on their careers, vs. half of male professionals. The pandemic has made the physical and emotional labor that falls on female professionals due to childcare responsibilities more acute.
- Survey question: We asked users of the Fishbowl app to answer True or False to this statement: “The pandemic has negatively impacted my career due to increased childcare demands.”
- Gender: 67% of women have seen the increased demands of childcare have a negative impact on their careers, versus just 51% of men.
- The survey ran February 26 through March 3, 2021.
Let’s Discuss Live On International Women’s Day
The conversation will take place on Monday, March 8th at 8:00 pm EST on Fishbowl Live – Fishbowl’s new audio chat room feature. To join the conversation, download the Fishbowl app and simply click the link →https://joinfishbowl.com/live_k5zoo2qico