As a field that is growing and developing every single day, the cannabis industry has an opportunity and, some may even say a responsibility, to succeed where other long standing corporations may have fallen behind.
So many other industries have allowed longstanding gender biases in the workplace cause women to not only feel unwelcome or not treated as an equal but also to have very little representation in the leadership positions. According to an article posted by Forbes in early 2016, in the technology and finance field, female leadership is severely lacking with having made up only 22.5% of the top roles in tech firms and holding only 16.6% of senior manager positions at the 22 largest banks and finance firms in the study given. In the oil industry, as reported by Bloomberg Businessweek in February 2018, is incredibly male driven, with less than two percent of the industry being led by women.
Let’s take a look at some reports done on the cannabis industry in regards to gender diversity.
In 2017, a survey was done which revealed that 30 percent of employees in the cannabis industry work for companies that are completely women-owned and showed that 57% of the employees in the 28 states which were surveyed, as well as the District of Columbia, worked for companies where at least half of the ownership was made up of women. These numbers in comparison to those aforementioned are very impressive, and great proof of the fact that women are finding wonderful opportunities in this industry.
Amazing changes and conversations are happening around the world regarding gender equality and female leadership roles being more accessible, but look at what an amazing job the cannabis industry has already done when it comes to shifting the dynamics of women in powerful positions. It is important to keep this going, to allow the female presence in this industry to continue to thrive in hopes of becoming a shining example for other trades to involve more women in influential roles, and to treat them as equals instead of as if they are inferior.
Articles Referenced: Forbes, Bloomberg, Bizwomen