Intel offers another reminder working women had it tough in 2020
Intel had a harder time retaining women in its US workforce in 2020 than globally, according to the company's annual diversity and inclusion report for the year, out Tuesday.
While nearly all of the chipmaker's gains and losses in diversifying came in tenths of percentages points, the company still saw some decreases in the overall number of women, and the number of women in technical roles in the US. Women slid to 26.3% from 26.5% and women in technical roles fell to 23.5% from 23.7%. Globally, numbers rose to 27.8% from 27.4% and 25.2% from 24.6%, respectively.
While it's impossible to extrapolate from the report what caused the shift, the numbers highlight an issue that extends far beyond Intel: 2020 has taken a toll on working women. In September, McKinsey published its annual Women in the Workplace report, sounding the alarm about women considering downshifting their careers or leaving the workforce to compensate for the added responsibilities and stressors brought about by the pandemic.
It's an issue Intel is aware of, said Dawn Jones, interim chief diversity and inclusion officer.
"When you're all home at the same time, and you have to work full time, it's a unique situation [that's] not just Intel," she said, "What are the deep solutions that we can drive to help support our women to choose Intel as a workplace of choice, where they want to be and where we are supportive of their careers going forward?"