The historical underrepresentation of women in STEM is still evident in aerospace today, with women comprising approximately 24% of the industry, according to a 2019 Aviation Week study. While we continue to invest in the early STEM pipeline, we simultaneously need to ensure that women at Boeing can thrive and advance their careers. This is an especially challenging time given the obstacles and hardships COVID-19 has imposed, with a disproportionate impact on women, and women of color in particular.
We’ve expanded support offerings for working families, including flexible work schedules and working-parent coaching. Coaching services emphasize stress management and work-life integration strategies. Over the last few years, we’ve also enhanced our benefits portfolio by increasing paid parental leave and adoption assistance and providing access to backup child care and elder care.
We are committed to being more transparent about where we are and the steps we’re taking to advance gender equity. This year, for the first time in our history, we will share gender and diversity metrics and the steps we’re taking to improve. Transparently sharing our progress now and every year going forward will help hold us accountable for the goals we’ve set to improve in all areas.