Womens’ History Month – Knowledge is Power

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March is national women’s history month. It is a great time to reflect upon the great impact that great women have had on our country, and the world we live in.  We all have our favorite female historical heroes.  From inventors like Hedy Lamarr, a pioneer in wireless communication to Dr. Gracy Murray Hopper who invented COBAL computer language to Stephanie Kwolek who invented Kevlar.

March is also a good time to reflect on how far we still need to go. Each year, a group of leaders from around the world meet at the United Nations to discuss the status of women around the world.  This year (2017) marks the 61st session of the Commission of the Status of Women.  Each year, a report is created and a topic is chosen.  This year’s session is focused on Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing Economic World.

Here are some recent statistics about women in the workforce in America published this month from the US Department of Labor:

  • There are 74.6 million women in the civilian labor force.
  • Almost 47 percent of U.S. workers are women.
  • More than 39 percent of women work in occupations where women make up at least three-quarters of the workforce.
  • Women own close to 10 million businesses, accounting for $1.4 trillion in receipts.
  • Female veterans tend to continue their service in the labor force: About 3 out of 10 serve their country as government workers.
  • Women are more likely than men to earn a bachelors degree by the age of 29 (34% to 26%)
  • Seventy percent of mothers with children under 18 participate in the labor force, with over 75 percent employed full-time.
  • Mothers are the primary or sole earners for 40 percent of households with children under 18 today, compared with 11 percent in 1960.
  • Women’s participation in the U.S. labor force has climbed since WWII: from 32.7 percent in 1948 to 56.8 percent in 2016.
  • The proportion of women with college degrees in the labor force has almost quadrupled since 1970. More than 40 percent of women in the labor force had college degrees in 2016, compared with 11 percent in 1970.
  • The range of occupations women workers hold has also expanded, with women making notable gains in professional and managerial occupations. In 2016, more than one in three lawyers was a woman compared to fewer than 1 in 10 in 1974.
  • Despite these gains, women are still underrepresented in STEM occupations, with women’s share of computer workers actually declining since 1990.
  • The unemployment rate for women is currently 4.8 percent, down from a peak of 9.0 percent in November 2010. (Source)
  • Depending on the study…on average, women make only 79 cents for every dollar a man makes.

We are thrilled that The Lodge at Woodloch defies the average national statistics. The Lodge at Woodloch features women in management positions at some of the highest levels. Inspirational women that lead our teams like Nancy Deaton- Spa Director, Tracy Lynn Pagan- Guest Service & Rooms Division Manager, Jenifer Manzione- Assistant Rooms Division Manager, Amanda Clabaugh- Treatments Manager, Cindy Wasilewski- Fitness Manager, Krista Malstrom- Food & Beverage Manager, Alison Peck- Director of Green Thumbs (Master Gardener) and more. The partnerships and products chosen by The Lodge at Woodloch often feature women at the helm.  Products like Naturopathica, the brain child of Barbara Close; Kersten Florian International– the masterpiece of Kerstin and her late daughter Charlene Florian.  Some of the locally sourced food comes from local farms…also with women leading the way. Calkins Creamery is a family-run dairy run by Emily Bryant and her family to carry on the heritage (and their passion for good cheese).

To read last year’s full report from the Commission of the Status of Women, go here: http://undocs.org/E/2016/27.  Keep checking back to find the new session’s report after the March 2017 meeting. Knowledge is power.