This report by McKinsey explores that if women make transitions in automation, they could be on the path to more productive, better-paid work. If they cannot, they could face a growing wage gap or be left further behind when progress toward gender parity in work is already slow.
Men and women tend to cluster in different occupations in both mature and emerging economies, and this shapes the job lost and gained due to automation for each. The age of automation and on the near horizon, artificial intelligence (AI technologies) offer new job opportunities and avenues for economic advancement, but women face new challenges overlaid on long-established ones. Between 40 million and 160 million women globally may need transition between occupations by 2030, often into higher-skilled roles. To weather this disruption, women (and men) need to be skilled, mobile, and tech-savvy, but women face pervasive barriers on each, and will need targeted support to move forward in the world of work.