"As the late Gilda Radner once said, 'I'd rather be a woman than a man. Women can cry, they can wear cute clothes, and they're the first to be rescued off sinking ships.'
But on a more serious note, being a woman in today's society means being strong, resilient, and nurturing. We are the bearers of children who are the keys to the future.
It is an enormous responsibility to bring forth the next generation. In spite of our strength, there remains significant challenges that women must face - in the labor room and in the labor force. In my role as the Chief Diversity Officer at Upstate Medical University, I am acutely aware of the economic and social barriers affecting women, especially women of color.
Historically, black women have had a high rate of participation in the work force in comparison to other women. Yet black women still face a stark wage gap and are less likely to work in higher-paid occupations. Raising the minimum wage, closing the wage gap, ensuring adequate working conditions and expanding opportunities for higher wage occupations would greatly impact the lives of black women and their families.
In many ways, the glass ceiling still exists in our society, but for women of color, the ceiling is often made of concrete. Through collective efforts, the concrete ceiling can also be shattered." #BlackWomenMatter#AllWomenMatter
"I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, niece, leader, friend, and as of 5 months ago, a doting grandmother!"