Women gather in Springfield looking to further their role in the workforce

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)– “If you feel it you’ve got to go for it,” Lt. Governor Karyn Polito said while speaking to more than two thousand people attending Bay Path University’s 20th anniversary Women’s Leadership Conference, at the Mass Mutual Center Friday. Polito urged women in the professional world to push for leadership roles.

“In the private work force we also need women in high places to make sure that we have equal opportunities for everyone, including women that want to enter the workforce and climb that ladder to earn even more for their families,” Polito said.

The latest research from career builder dot com shows that while women are holding more jobs in the workforce, there is still an issue of unequal pay between men and women. Something that some women attending this leadership conference told 22News they see shifting.

Almary Chacon, one of the conference attendee, said, “I think I see it changing. I already see a lot of women in leadership roles, higher and higher so I think we are moving towards that.”

“I’m seeing the tide turning a bit. I mean these sort of sessions are getting women together and realizing their potential and helping women grow in their jobs,” Heather Frericks Schmidt, another conference attendee, told 22News.

The study found that the highest paying careers men are dominating include surgeons, chief executives, and software developers.

The research also shows that the average pay for jobs filled mostly by men is more than 25 dollars an hour, compared to the average pay for jobs mostly occupied by women which is about five dollars an hour less.

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