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SEPTEMBER 2018 WWW.VITALCAREREHAB.COM G ender G ap , B ias , and P rejudice in T he W orkplace HOW THE FUTURE OF WOMEN CAN BE BRIGHTER THAN EVER (623) 544-0300

Vital Care Patients ENTER TO WIN Find the misspelled word in this newsletter and call (623) 544-0300 for your chance to win a $10 gift card! CALL (623) 544-0300 Contest is for past and present Vital Care PT patients only. We live in a world where women are objectified, and many have endured some of the worst experiences in order to advance in business. If you look at examples like Harvey Weinstein, you will see that an unwritten hierarchy is imprinted onto the soul of modern business. There’s a In honor of founding the American Business Women’s Association, the Reagan Administration proclaimed Sept. 22 to be American Business Women’s Day. The mission of this organization is “to bring together diverse occupations and provide opportunities for women to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support, and national recognition.” It became a national holiday in 1986, but here we are over 30 years later, and no one knows about it. If you look at the women’s movement going on now, it’s not hard to understand why.

“I am so proud of the progress that women have made thus far, especially in the last few years. Women must continue to be proactive and do something about the inequity.” Fortunately, I’m blessed to co-own a practice that tackles these issues. As a business owner, I feel it’s my responsibilty to foster equality, and as a mother, I want a world of equal opportunities for my daughter. I’m doing my part to try and make that a reality with what I can control. Even women who have confidence in their roles or feel that the gender gap doesn’t apply to them still play a vital part in this movement. We can function as mentors for those who need a strong voice, and together we can bring lasting change that matters. It’s not an overnight fix, but with action and a change of mindset, I believe there is an even brighter future for women in the workplace. realize that you can offer just as much, if not more, than your male counterparts. Don’t be afraid to communicate, to make demands, and to negotiate for your own betterment. As Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman to run for president, once said, “If they won’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” Making work a welcoming place for yourself can start a ripple effect of changes in the gender gap that is so entrenched in our society.

view of women in the workplace that just cannot be ignored. Bias and discrimination continue to occur at every level, and they hold many women back from accomplishing the amazing feats they are capable of. This bias is not always overt, but that doesn’t make it any less damaging. There are instances when I’ve been asked while working, “Who’s the boss around here?” I’ve simply answered, “Well, you’re talking to her.” There’s often a look of surprise and sometimes bewilderment. Situations like these aren’t as cruel as the prejudice other women have had to endure, but they do continue a generational cycle of assumption — there’s a preconception in the minds of many people that prevents them from seeing women as anything less than supporters. I am so proud of the progress women have made thus far, especially in the last few years. Women must continue to be proactive and do something about the inequity. We must be doers rather than talkers. Creating dialogue is a wonderful way to generate a vision, but vision without action means nothing. Action starts with your daily thoughts. Societal change starts with individual intention. Constantly remind yourself of your talents, your skill sets, and your worth, and you will

–Andrea McWhorter

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