AI advances in the workforce may affect more women than men, report says

Jackie Drees - Print  | 

While artificial intelligence is projected to continue increasing in the workforce, the technology is expected to displace more women workers than men, according to the Institute for Women's Policy Research’s recent report.

Nearly half of all jobs in the U.S. are at risk of being overpowered by automation or AI within the next 10 to 20 years, according to the report.

Four things to know:

1. Of the more than 511,000 jobs expected to be lost to AI by 2026, an estimated 407,000 of the positions will have been filled by women.

2. Race and ethnicity contribute to women job displacement, with Hispanic women most at-risk from AI and automation.

3. AI will affect men most in low-earning jobs, while women's risk is more equally spread across "better- and lower-paid" occupations. Women's jobs that pay well will be affected.

4. Office and administrative jobs, which are mostly filled by women, are at a high risk of automation. Specific positions include secretaries, general office clerks, bookkeeping, accounting and receptionists.

Report authors conclude that while both men and women with lower-wage occupations face a higher risk of losing their job to AI, the risk of automation for women in higher-earning jobs is almost twice as strong for women as it is for men.

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