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Women in Manufacturing Launching Oregon Chapter to Support, Promote & Inspire

November 28, 2017
HP Multi Jet Fusion Oregon

A local group of Women in Manufacturing are launching an Oregon chapter of WiM. As part of the national organization, WiM Oregon will support, promote and inspire women who are pursuing or considering careers in manufacturing.  We hope to encourage

“the engagement of women who want to share perspectives, gain cutting-edge manufacturing information, improve leadership and communication skills, participate in sponsoring programs and network with industry peers.

As someone who literally grew up in a family-owned production plant, I was surprised – and disappointed – to discover how few females were in manufacturing when I graduated in the early 80s and started my management career in food processing.  More shocking are recent statistics showing an erosion of the gains I witnessed then… A 2013 survey found the

“women’s share of the manufacturing sector is currently just over 27 percent – the lowest level since 1971. This means that while women represent nearly half of the total U.S. labor force, they only constitute approximately a quarter of the U.S. manufacturing workforce.

According to SME, 

“Women comprise only 11.1% of executive officers, 14.2% of board directors and 2% of CEOs.

These are statistics we hope to change.  If you or someone you know is interested in learning more, please contact me at

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