Girl Power applications are due next week for the girls nominated to participate. Women are under represented in many lucrative professions across the globe, but also right here in our own Ponca City, Oklahoma! You can see, even from my pictures, that most of the time it is men leading the training or tours for this GIRL camp! While we are working to remedy that for this next year, it does illustrate the seriousness of this issue.
I have employers pounding my door and the pavement to find employees to fill their spots, qualifications are generally low as well. Showing up every day, being able to pass a drug test, these are the main points of interest. Employers are even ramping up their pay schedule, in many cases, to entice more people. These are the jobs that make Ponca City go round. These are the companies that provide economic security for our city.
While those jobs go unfilled, a receptionist position will get 5 times as many applicants by female job seekers. Women with skills and creativity are selling themselves short by keeping an antiquated view on the jobs that they would be successful in. This is what Girl Power was created to counteract.
By exposing girls to more career options and how to get training for them we hope to combat those thoughts and hurdle the small percentage of women in manufacturing and technology positions. Looking forward to the 2018 class of Girl Power!!
Ponca Works director Liz Leaming shares her musings on the state of workforce in Ponca City, Oklahoma.