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Over the past year as chair of the NSC Women’s Division, I’ve been working to better understand how women’s health and safety are affected by past policies and current workplace cultures. It did not take long at all to recognize the barriers faced by women in the workplace. And for non-white and LBGTQ women, there are additional barriers and challenges to overcome.
Whether examining workplace fundamentals, such as the pay gap or technical issues like safety research that omits gender, race and age, the complexity is apparent. The public health and social justice tragedies of late have heightened my awareness of this dynamic, as well as my own blind spots. This period of uncertainty compels me to take stock of how the Women’s Division is driving solidarity and modeling the inclusive society we want to see outlined. These activities include the following:
We still have work to do in many areas, including those listed above. Three additional points I want to highlight on this platform are:
I welcome you to reach out to the Women’s Division leadership team to share your story, ideas and experiences. All genders are welcome to join, especially if you are looking for a supportive community to help raise your voice. Join us if you are taking stock and seeking ways to grow into a more effective ally in supporting equality, inclusion and diversity.
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