Women in rail: RAC conference highlights industry’s need to close the gender gap

6/18/2021
Railway Association of Canada's recent Women in Rail Conference included a panel featuring female executives who discussed gender and inclusion in the industry’s workplace. Panelists included (from left) Janet Drysdale, CN's VP of sustainability; Joan Hardy, Canadian Pacific's VP of sales and marketing for grain and fertilizer; and VIA Rail Chair Francoise Bertrand.

The pandemic has reversed women's workplace gains, as the burden of childcare rose and female-dominated sectors shed jobs, according to a recent World Economic Forum report. The study, which looked at 33 countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development group of rich nations, found that progress toward gender equality at work would not begin to recover until 2022. Female business leaders attending the Railway Association of Canada’s (RAC) Women in Rail Conference earlier this month discussed the points raised in the WEF report, and how the rail industry can address the wider economic gender gap by attracting and retaining women to fill openings at all levels.

 
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