This infographic shows the percentage of women in the automotive industry.

women in the automotive industry, boss magazine

It‘s no surprise that women in the automotive industry are the minority by a longshot. They account for a mere 16 percent of all workers in the automotive industry.

Addressing the Issue

The gender gap is an ongoing issue, with the pay gap, inequality, and job opportunities all hot topics. As women in the automotive industry continue to strive for change, recent events including the reveal of the BBC pay gap and the centenary of voting rights for women have brought the issue to the forefront.

Time for a Change

The gender split within the automotive sector has been brought to our attention again very recently with the grid girls campaign. The campaign after F1 bosses announced they would be abolishing their long-standing tradition of grid girls as it is “at odds with modern-day societal norms”. F1 have since released a new scheme, titled grid kids, that will replace the girls. F1 also hope this tactic will appeal to the sport’s younger fans.

The Best Woman-Represented Automotive Company

Out of the top 10 automotive companies, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles takes the lead as the company to best represent women overall. Twenty seven percent of the Board of Directors at FCA are female, and 38 percent of the company’s eight executives are also female.

The Least Woman-Represented Automotive Company

Toyota saw business boom last year after producing some 9.1 million vehicles in the fiscal year of 2017. But unfortunately, this automobile giant fails to represent women in the automotive industry. There are no women on the board of directors or the executive team.

General Motors’ Board of Directors

Mary Barra has been the chairman and CEO of General Motors Company since 2014 and was the first female CEO of a major global automaker. The graphic reveals that General Motors has the highest percentage of women on its  Board of Directors, with 50 percent of seats belonging to women.

The Second Lowest Scoring Company

A tiny two percent of Nissan’s 45 member-strong executive group, the second largest group on the list, is made up of women. Not only that, but there are no women on the board of directors at Nissan.

Looking Forward

The automotive industry as a whole has a long way to go before achieving true equality between both men and women in positions of power. As General Motors CEO Mary Barra and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles lead the way, a large proportion of automaker companies should be following suit.

For more information on the women in the automotive industry, visit Just Tyres.