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How AI Can Help Women Advance Their Careers

Artificial intelligence presents both opportunities and pitfalls for women in the workforce. While more than a third of working women are engaged in occupations at risk of being disrupted by AI, the difference between genders is particularly stark: 60% of men are in similar roles. This disparity is partly due to women being overrepresented in administrative, clerical, and customer service positions—roles that are more vulnerable to AI disruption.

Women's Resilience and Concerns

Despite these risks, studies show that women aren't overly concerned about AI's impact on their jobs. A LinkedIn study found that 57% of women felt prepared to deal with AI's effects on their careers. However, a recent Betterworks survey revealed that only 19% of female workers were highly concerned about job security in light of generative AI, compared to 45% of men.

The Leadership Gap

While women hold approximately 48% of entry-level positions in corporate America, their representation decreases at each subsequent level of seniority. The disparity widens in leadership and senior executive roles, where only about a quarter of C-suite positions are held by women. McKinsey's latest report on women in the workplace highlights progress in the C-suite but stalled growth at the manager and director levels.

Upskilling Opportunities

Advancements in AI create an opportunity to shift reality for many women today, but equal access to upskilling opportunities is crucial. Unfortunately, only 56% of women reported having access to upskilling programs, compared with 73% of men. Organizations must invest in upskilling this talented, motivated, and often underutilized workforce to ensure that women can thrive in an AI-driven world.

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