(Stock photo: FreeImages.com) by Ian Campbell Posted Jan 28, 2016 4:52 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Everyone needs to do more to close gender gap in workforce: local businesswoman On the 100th anniversary of women first being allowed to vote, a local businesswoman says she’s alarmed by results of a new study that shows while women are moving up in the workplace, it’s not as much as they should be. The second annual “When Women Thrive” study, done by consulting firm Mercer, found women make up only 35 per cent of the average company’s workforce at the professional level and higher. Talent Network executive director Nicole Jelley told 660 NEWS, it’s up to everyone to do more to close the gender gap. “We just don’t seem to get any traction or to make any dent. And this is a conversation that’s been going on for a long time,” Jelley said. “I can’t but ask the question, how is this industrial revolution going to move forward if we don’t engage a significant portion of our population.” She added, this is impacting our national future as an economy, and it’s time for politicians to address this now. The report looked at almost 600 organizations in 42 countries, and included a total of 3.2 million employees. It looked at companies in the energy and financial sectors, as well as post-secondary institutions.