According to National Women’s History Alliance, “Providing Healing, Promoting Hope,” is both a tribute to the ceaseless work of caregivers and frontline workers during this ongoing pandemic and also a recognition of the thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided both healing and hope throughout history.
President Joe Biden has declared March 2022 as “Women’s History Month” in a proclamation.
“This Women’s History Month, as we reflect on the achievements of women and girls across the centuries and pay tribute to the pioneers who paved the way, let us recommit to the fight and help realize the deeply American vision of a more equal society where every person has a shot at pursuing the American dream,” he said. “In doing so, we will advance economic growth, our health and safety, and the security of our Nation and the world.”
Women have historically advocated for compassionate treatments and new directions in public health. Especially in the fields of women’s mental and physical health. This work has helped countless individuals, men and women, in our communities recover and follow their dreams.
A 2019 study showed that over 60% of employees entering the healthcare industry in the U.S. are women. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, more and more women are becoming doctors.
“These are the women who, as counselors and clerics, artists and teachers, doctors, nurses, mothers, and grandmothers listen, ease suffering, restore dignity, and make decisions for our general as well as our personal welfare.” (nationalwomenshistoryalliance.org)
These past two years have shown the emotional and physical toll that workers in the healthcare profession have undergone. But working women are more than just statistics.
Women are human beings with names, unique stories and individual challenges that require solutions. To meet the demands of a recovering economy, without giving short shrift to family and individual care needs, these women, and so many more who toil in anonymity, need a comprehensive national paid leave program, access to affordable childcare, and workplaces willing to accommodate the needs of working families.
Women, in all fields and stay-at-home women, continually face discrimination, violence, and inequality, issues like mandated maternity leave, equal pay, lack of respect for caregiving, maternal mortality, still remain unresolved in many parts of the world.
Here are a few interesting facts concerning women in the workplace according to TeamStage:
Women account for 47.7% of the global workforce.
Canada has the highest female labor force participation rate at 61.3%.
50.2% of the college-educated workforce are women.
A whopping 75% of self-employed women love their job.
Only 27.1% of women are managers and leaders.
61% of women think motherhood disrupts their progress opportunities.
For the past 20 years, the number of women software engineers has increased by just 2%.
42% of women claim they have been discriminated at work because of their gender.
48% of women occupy entry-level roles.
Work-life balance causes conflict for an astonishing 72% of women.
This month let's salute those who have paved the way for women, not only in the healthcare field, but in all aspects of life.