All posts by Addie Swartz

Addie Swartz is the founder & CEO of reacHIRE and a leading voice on how to support and advance professional women at all stages of their careers. Under her leadership, Boston-based reacHIRE focuses exclusively on the return-to-work market through its broad-reaching platform that offers Fortune 500 companies tailored solutions for engaging and retaining early-career women, mid-career women and returning women. Featured in the Wall Street Journal, Inc., Working Woman Magazine, Child Magazine, Working Mother, Good Morning America, NPR and MSNBC, she was also named to the Inc. Magazine 2021 Female Founders List in the category, “Lifted Other Women Up.”

Improving Gender Diversity Hiring – by Addie Swartz

Returning from The Great Resignation

Recent findings from the Pew Research Center uncovered that across 34 countries, a median of 94% of respondents think it is important for women in their country to have the same rights as men, with 74% saying it is very important. Yet, women are less optimistic than men that they will achieve gender equality. How can these two diametrically opposed trends exist in the same world at the same time? It’s the sad reality for women in the world and the workplace that while their talent abounds, opportunity does not.

The numbers simply do not lie. According to the World Economic Forum, it will now take 135.6 years to close the gender gap worldwide. Post-pandemic, there’s a dearth of women in leadership roles, estimated to be only 27 percent of all managerial positions. According to McKinsey, the gender-regressive reality of these trends might mean that global GDP growth will be $1 trillion lower in 2030; conversely, taking action to advance gender equality could add as much as $13 trillion to the global economy by the same year.

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