Factors that Might Explain the Decreasing Presence of Women in Retail

In The News

By Aaliyah Barnes

An analysis by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) found that from October 2016 to October 2017, 160,300 women lost jobs in the retail industry, while 106,000 men found jobs in the industry.

As more women began to lose out on opportunities in the retail industry, men increasingly gained opportunities for high-commission positions and managerial positions within retail companies. Because many men in the retail industry are getting these higher positions, they have more job security compared to their female counterparts. And, like in the case of the gender wage gap, these findings become increasingly more complicated with the addition of race, ethnicity, and class.

>>Read more