June 7, 2023 


Danyelle Little 

314-451-8500 ext. 1203



Rung for Women Aims to Break Barriers for Women in Manufacturing

Advanced manufacturing is not ‘men’s work’—women are needed to fill demand.

ST. LOUIS, MO — In an industry traditionally dominated by men, women are breaking barriers and reshaping the landscape of advanced manufacturing. Because of the growing demand and the need for skilled workers in the field, Rung for Women has added advanced manufacturing as a career pathway for their Fall 2023 Cohort.

“We’ve met with many advanced manufacturing employers in the region, and they all say the same thing. They want to recruit more women but have struggled. Rung for Women wants to bridge the gap and become a viable pipeline to employers of women with advanced manufacturing training to help fill these roles,” shares Rung for Women President, Leslie Gill.

Despite historically being underrepresented, women have emerged as key influencers and change-makers in advanced manufacturing because of their diverse skill sets, problem-solving abilities, and unique perspectives.

Advanced manufacturing roles such as assemblers, machinists, and welders offer a higher starting salary and have opportunities for growth and advancement, making it a great option for women who want to make a higher salary without a degree.

“Rung’s mission is to inspire all women to climb the economic opportunity ladder, and the advanced manufacturing pathway can help women earn more and create wealth in a thriving industry.”

Rung for Women’s Fall 2023 Cohort begins in September. For more information, visit

About Rung for Women 

Rung for Women is a nonprofit career accelerator with a mission to inspire all women to climb the economic opportunity ladder. Rung helps women build confidence and guides them to explore and pursue successful career pathways in high-demand industries they may have not realized were available to them. Through career coaching and a community of support, Rung members take action toward a better future for themselves–with more salary, more respect, and more fulfillment. Learn more at