National Association of Manufacturers Takes Creators Wanted Tour to South Carolina for Virtual Event to Celebrate Women in Manufacturing

The National Association of Manufacturers and The Manufacturing Institute continued their industry-leading Creators Wanted tour with a virtual “stop” today at the Nephron Pharmaceuticals Company facility in West Columbia, South Carolina.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the event featured a panel discussion titled “Creator Stories: Women Make Manufacturing,” featuring leaders from The Manufacturing Institute, Nephron Pharmaceuticals, Boeing, Volvo Cars, Smithfield Foods and PHOENIX. COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted women in the workforce, demonstrating the need to highlight the many opportunities in manufacturing. The panelists detailed their experiences as women in manufacturing and how manufacturers are attracting and supporting women across the industry.

“There has never been a better time for women to pursue careers in manufacturing,” said Carolyn Lee, executive director of The Manufacturing Institute, the NAM’s 501(c)(3) nonprofit workforce development and education partner. “Women represent the present and the future of manufacturing, and companies across the industry are stepping up to embrace their talents at their companies. Women make up almost half of the U.S. labor force, but only 29% of manufacturing jobs are currently held by women. Women are steadily gaining employment and representation in the industry, but we need to do more in the pursuit of gender-based equity.”

The NAM and MI’s Creators Wanted campaign includes a nationwide tour—currently virtual—and a digital campaign that seeks to reshape how most Americans view modern manufacturing careers. A key focus is highlighting the promising opportunities for women in manufacturing. The campaign is underpinned by sustained workforce development and education initiatives at the MI that target women, youth, veterans and other underrepresented communities.

“As a woman-owned company, Nephron Pharmaceuticals is proud to set the standard for what it looks like to create space and opportunities at all levels for women in manufacturing,” said Nephron Pharmaceutical Owner and CEO Lou Kennedy. “We’re encouraged by the NAM’s ongoing efforts through their Creators Wanted tour to educate women about the opportunities available to them in the manufacturing industry.”

“There is a historical underrepresentation of women in STEM, with women comprising only 24% of the industry,” said Boeing Senior Director of National Strategy and Engagement Lindsay Leonard. “Closing this gap must be a multi-faceted effort, and it starts with manufacturers. Equity and inclusion can only be achieved with increased investment in the women in the workforce—an investment that will hopefully lay the groundwork for the next generation of women in manufacturing.”

Click the corresponding links for more information about NAM, the Boeing, Nephron Pharmaceuticals Company, PHOENIX, Smithfield Foods, and Volvo Cars.

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