Battle of the sexes – Gender and inclusion in the language services industry


Gender and inclusion continue to be hot topics both in social spheres and in the workforce. Although women’s movements and social activist efforts have worked to narrow the gender gap in some areas – namely health and survival, and education – other areas seem unaffected. Worse yet, some areas seem to indicate a widening of the gap.

In this report, we examine how the language services industry stacks up to this index by zeroing in on:

  • Gender pay gap and;
  • Gender and/or sexual orientation discrimination

Information contained in this report

  1. TL;DR
  2. Global Gender Index
  3. Gender Pay Gap perceptions and reality
  4. Education, gender, and leadership roles
  5. Women in CEO and leadership positions
  6. History of gender and sexual discrimination
  7. LGBT protections within the USA
  8. Discrimination within the language services industry
  9. The culture of reporting discrimination
  10. Most prominent industry sectors with a culture of discrimination
  11. Moving forward – Proactive measures

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(An excerpt from our concluding remarks)

Moving forward 

Discrimination in any form poses a significant barrier to both economic growth and social progress. On an economic front, it prevents companies from accomplishing maximum productivity levels and greatly limits a company’s ability to hire and retain the best and the brightest. On a social front, discrimination has the potential to not only damage a person’s confidence and self-esteem, but its residual effects spill over into all aspects of a person’s personal and professional life.

Workplace discrimination against one’s gender and/or sexuality seem to be the most prominent in three key industry sectors:
  • Male-dominated industries
  • Service-based industries, and;
  • Jobs in which women in particular, are paid a low wage
Although the statistics seem grim, progress is being made. To be a part of the solution and not the problem, heads of companies have a responsibility to:
  1. Change company culture in order to eliminate gender and sexual orientation stereotypes
  2. Continue searching for viable recruits until there is as equal a number as possible of male and female candidates
  3. Regularly gather data in an effort to open up healthy conversations about all form of discrimination

Are you ready to step up? What can you do in your organization to make a positive difference in the language services industry? Let’s work together to be part of the solution, not the problem.


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