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Celebrating Women in Leadership

26 August, 2021

Take a look at what our female leaders have to say.

Women’s Equality Day is celebrated on August 26 every year to honour the hard-fought victory of the women’s suffrage movement. Women’s Equality Day has been designed to commemorate the 19th Amendment being adopted in the 1920s in the United States. This act stopped the federal government and states from preventing people from the right to vote based on their sex. Women may have come a long way, but there’s still work to be done. We must keep working to make sure that future generations have a seat at the table.
Here at Advant Medical we are dedicated to gender equality. We know that gender equality should not just be viewed as a “women’s issue”. It is everyone’s battle, and it is critically important that men understand that this includes them. We want to take time to promote some of the women in leadership positions within our company as a visible role model to young women thinking of careers in the STEM industries. Every Wednesday this month we posted interviews from some of the women in senior positions in Advant Medical to talk about their personal experience of working in the MedTech Industry.

What is a manager and how many are women?

A manager is an individual that supervises both activities and people within a given organization and is an example of a leadership position. Managers are often leaders of small groups of people and are tasked with organizing, motivating, and guiding others to achieve goals. A manager can be a formal role but if you have ever worked in a capacity where you helped to organize or lead a team using your communication, problem-solving, and evaluation skills then you have held a leadership role as a manager. Managers are familiar with the inner workings of an organization and may be required to facilitate in the training of new and existing group members within an organization. According to information published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, women account for just over 40% of managers in Ireland and 37% in the European Union. The European Union percentage is reflected in the global research by Mercer that found that women make up 37% of managers worldwide.

Is this statistic reflected in the MedTech sector?

According to an analysis performed by Medical Design and Outsourcing, published in October 2020, of the 1,037 leadership positions in the world’s biggest Medtech companies, 216 or an average of 19% are held by women and just over a dozen of the companies listed no women in executive roles.

How does the Advant team compare?

After reviewing the information we decided to look at our own management team. Our senior management team is made up of 60% women. Significantly higher than Irish, European and worldwide percentages. We are delighted to take this opportunity to share with you their stories, to promote women in the workplace and hopefully these women can act as role models to young women looking for a career in the STEM industries.

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