HR Has Always Been Female-Dominated

Tuesday, July 17, 2012
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In reference to your March cover story, "The Feminization of HR," you must have had your head in the sand for the past 30 years. I am really astonished that HRE would publish a lead story like that when it is so obvious that the HR field is and, for the most part, has always been dominated by women. The only major change in the last 20 years is that women have started to dominate the top-level positions. And since this writing, I would guess that they dominate top spots today. 

I, for one, am not surprised and have seen the rise in women in management over my many years in the HR field. If you have been recruiting for a manager or director in the last 10 to 15 years, you tell me how many male resumes you have seen come across your desk. Not many, and I have lived in the Northeast, Southeast and Midwest, and the recruiting story is the same: more women than men. 

All that being said, I do think that women think very differently than men on the fly and that is important in business. They make more rational full-view decisions in general. I give them credit and am not taking anything away from men and their decision-making.

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But, again, if you have been in HR, this trend of women dominating the profession has been going on for 30 years and will continue. I also think that, at some point, there needs to be a balance in the genders, but how many men want to get into a women-dominated field? Well, better get used to it; if I'm not mistaken, the U.S. population is now more than 50 percent female.

Bill Stevens

HR Consultant and

Former Vice President of HR for Reed Elsevier


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