Advocacy, Allies, and Resilience for Female EHS Professionals
Presented at the 2023 NSC Safety Congress
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NSC 2023 Session Information
WHEN YOU THINK OF THE CHALLENGES OF WOMEN IN THE SAFETY PROFESSION, DO ARTICLES ABOUT PPE AND “SHRINK IT AND PINK IT” COME TO MIND?
How about the real challenges of leadership and representation:
- Women make up less than half the safety profession
- Women make up 22 percent of professionals who have earned the certified safety professional designation
- More women enter the industry yearly, but the number promoted to leadership roles is far less than male counterparts
This panel discussed the challenges of women in safety, using data from over 860 survey respondents and our own experiences. We addressed the issues of advocacy, resilience, creating opportunities for ourselves and others, and the importance of workplace allies.
Advocates and allies gathered at the 2023 NSC Congress for this thoughtful, honest, and productive discussion.
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References and Additional Resources
- Women in the Workplace 2023 (McKinsey & Company)
- Women in Safety (Safety+Health)
- How Organizations Can Support Women in the Workplace Right Now (Forbes)
- Women in Safety: Gender Equality, Worker's Rights (OTW Safety Blog)
- What To Know About the Gender Wage Gap as the Equal Pay Act Turns 60 (Center for American Progress)
- 5 Fast Facts: The Gender Wage Gap (U.S. Department of Labor)
- Women in Safety in the Modern Workplace (ASSP)
- Women @ Work 2022: A Global Outlook (Deloitte)
- Big Growth—and Change—Expected for the Safety Profession (EHS Daily Advisor)
- Gender pay gap in U.S. hasn’t changed much in two decades (Pew Research Center)
- Employed persons by detailed occupation, sex, race, and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Books and Articles
- Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandburg
- Dare to Lead by Brene Brown
- 10 Must Read Books About Women in the Workplace (Forbes):
- How Women Rise by Marshall Goldsmith and Sally Helgesen
- Rising Together by Sally Helgesen
- In Your Power by Sharon Melnick
- The No Club by Linda Babcock, Brenda Peyser, Lise Vesterlund, and Laurie Weingart
- When Women Lead by Julia Boorstin
- Begin Boldly by Christie Hunter Arscott
- Athena Rising by W. Brad Johnson and David Smith
- Good Guys by David Smith and W. Brad Johnson
- Why Men Win at Work by Gill Whitty-Collins
- Arrive and Thrive by Susan MacKenty Brady, Janet Foutty, Lynn Perry Wooten
- Claudia Goldin, winner Nobel Prize in Economics