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Let’s all take a moment to appreciate that right now we have more women than men enrolling in college. In fact, as of 2012, women enrolling in college is 10% more than men! LETS GO GIRLS, we may truly run the world as Beyonce once said. As most of you know, Hillary Clinton became the first woman to run to be president of the United States. Whether or not you supported her, you can still appreciate that she was strong and willing to take on that role. Speaking of Hillary,

**The U.S. Ranks 97th¬† of 187 Countries on Women’s Legislative Representation**

Women are more than half of the US’ population but only 19% of House Reps are women. That doesn’t seem like a lot but we are growing.

But let’s get back to education. With more women enrolling in college, they are also seeking more careers that men dominated.

**Lawyers: 12.4% were Women in 1980, 36% are women today.**

How cool is that? When you watch lawyer or criminal justice shows…most have a sassy female lead. Its great and entertaining. But its also happening in real life! We still have some way to go though…36/64 is not 50/50. We’re working on it though!

**Women now earning degrees in bioscience about EQUAL men**

YES! Our attention to detail and the finite things in education is needed in this field!

But here is a bummer…

**In 2016, women earned 81.8% of what men earned on a weekly basis**

It’s better than it used to be but this is just simply not OK. We have the SAME education and dedication. On the positive side, a lot of people are fighting for equality in pay and we haven’t given up quite yet. Let’s not be too negative.

We just have to keep educating and reminding one another of the amazing people we are. SafetyGirl is proud of you and the work you do everyday.

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Thanks to International Organization of Parliaments, Pew Research Center, American Bar Association, and Bureau of Labor Statistics for this data.

Jobsite Safety for Women

Approximately 872,000 women currently work in the construction industry, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Labor. Seventy-five percent of those women are in administrative, sales or management positions. This leaves 25 percent of women in the construction workforce exposed to the same daily safety and health risks as their male counterparts; yet, their specific protection from these hazards has not been fully addressed.

Too frequently, women are forced to use personal protective equipment (PPE) and clothing that is not the correct size or fit. For fear of being ostracized on the jobsite, women are intimidated to make requests for proper gear that will set them apart from their coworkers.

These safety hazards create gender barriers and can deter women from seeking employment in the construction industry. It is important to acknowledge this stigma and educate employers on the detrimental repercussions of ignoring any safety standards. As construction companies push to fill the labor gap, it is imperative for companies to become progressive in their marketing approach and create a culture that will address the specific safety needs of women workers.

OSHA requires employers to provide all employees with a safe workplace, but every 18 seconds a worker is injured on the jobsite. Once a jobsite safety hazard assessment has been completed, a list of PPE should be disseminated to all employees. This list should also notify employees of the potential hazards, provide training on how to avoid injury and educate them on required PPE. It is the employer’s responsibility to supply the required equipment to each employee at no charge. However, the construction industry lacks the provisions, research and development necessary to provide personal protective equipment suitable for women.

ANTHROPOMETRIC EQUIPMENT

Ill-fitting PPE and clothing compromise workers’ safety on the jobsite. Women have a right to test all equipment that is provided to them to ensure a proper fit. OSHA mandates PPE be designed anthropometrically, which is the science of defining human body dimensions and physical characteristics. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) conducts anthropometric research to prevent work-related injuries and deaths by studying how work spaces, equipment and clothing fit a diverse worker population.

Most anthropometric data available to date is from the 1970s. This research was based on the body sizes and shapes of modern military personnel and the general working population from that era. This decades-old data does not represent the sizes and body types of today’s female workers.

RAISING AWARENESS

A recent NIOSH study of 26 women construction workers evaluated the efficacy of a fall protection harness system. Their body size and shape information was measured while they were suspended in a standard size harness and standing with a harness. It was discovered that an integrated redesign of harness components is needed because 40 percent of the women did not pass fit-performance criteria in either the standing or suspended condition.

BE PREPARED

All project managers, superintendents and foremen should understand how to identify job safety hazards specific to demographics of their workers and their jobsites. Jobsite hazard communication plans and emergency preparedness plans should be in place and disseminated to all workers.

It is beneficial to hire a safety consultant that is familiar with the science of teaching and incorporating a corporate safety culture. The construction industry is evolving and companies are charged with staying ahead of these changes to attract and retain the skilled labor needed to complete their jobs. As the industry shifts and more women are encouraged to enter the trades, companies will no longer be able to ignore these gender disparities.

Women’s Timberland PRO Renova Caregiver Gloss Slip-On Shoe

If you’re in the healthcare industry, you certainly know the importance of wearing a high-quality shoe. Not only do your shoes need to keep you safe from spills or slippery floors, but they also need to have the support to keep your feet, legs, and back comfortable through a long workday. At Safety Girl, we also know the importance of having a good shoe, no matter what your chosen profession is. That’s why we are proud to carry a variety of shoes from the Timberland PRO line. Read on to learn more about the ultra-comfortable Renova caregiver shoe, perfect for anyone working in the healthcare industry.

The Women’s Timberland PRO Renova Caregiver Slip-On Shoe is one of the most comfortable professional work shoes available on the market. These shoes will keep you comfortable all day long, as they’re equipped with exclusive anti-fatigue technology and the best shock absorption available to keep your feet feeling good and your legs and back supported throughout the whole day. These shoes also have an anatomically shaped toe box that allows your toes to spread out comfortable. To ensure traction and reduce friction, the shoes are made with a heel-to-toe rocker design.

These slip-on shoes have many other great features, too. The shoes feature a polyurethane upper with provides great durability, but also allows you to easily clean them when they get dirty. The soles will keep you safe with their slip- and abrasion-resistant polyurethane outsole. To keep your feet fresh, the open-cell polyurethane footbed with Argion antimicrobial treatment allows for maximum breathability as well as odor control. Best of all, the slip-on style of these shoes allows for easy on and off, but they’ll stay on your feet with the secure-fit strap option. These great shoes are available in five color options at Safety Girl’s website for only $47.99!

Women’s Timberland PRO Renova Professional Slip On Shoe

Did you know that Safety Girl sells all types of work shoes, including boots and shoes for construction sites, healthcare, and hospitality? For many professions, shoes are an essential part of staying safe on ¬†the job. But having a shoe that balances safety with comfort is essential, as well. If you’re in the healthcare industry, you know that working on your feet for hours can cause a lot of discomfort, making your tough job even tougher. Safety Girl is pleased to sell a great line of Timberland PRO shoes that are designed for back and leg support with superior shock absorption. Check out two of the great styles available at unbeatable prices from Safety Girl.

The Women’s Timberland PRO Renova Professional Slip On Shoe has been described as one of the most comfortable professional work shoes available. This shoe features exclusive anti-fatigue technology and superior shock absorption to keep your feet comfortable and your back and legs supported throughout the entire work day. The toe box is anatomically shaped to allow your toes to spread comfortably, and the heel-to-toe rocker design ensures traction on slippery floors and reduces friction.

These shoes have so many other great features. The Timberland PRO Renova shoes are made from premium full-grain leather for durability, but have cement construction for flexibility and reduced break-in time. They also have 3M Scotchgard protection against stains and a synthetic suede lining to reduce foot odor. To ensure that your feet are as comfortable as possible, the shoes are equipped with a Bi-Fit Tri-Density footbed with Outlast Adaptive Comfort that actually regulates the temperature inside your shoe. The shoes also have a slip and abrasion resistant rubber sole to keep you safe. These great shoes are available in nine different color combinations in sizes 5.5 through 11 with medium and wide widths available. Order a pair of these shoes today for just $92.99, a savings of $27 off the list price!

Carhartt Women’s Thermal and Waffle Shirts

Safety Girl’s online store has an excellent selection of work wear that is made especially for women. Safety Girl’s selection of work clothes feature the best brands on the market, including Carhartt, one of the most trusted manufacturers of men’s and women’s work clothing. Check out these great thermal and waffle shirts, perfect for cold days on the job.

When you need to layer up for working in cold temperatures, nothing will keep you insulated like the Carhartt Women’s Work-Dry Thermal Top. This thermal top is midweight and features a 100% polyester Work-Dry fabric that keeps your body dry, even when you start to sweat, and has anti-odor technology for long-lasting wear. The shirt also features raglan sleeves for increased range of motion in the shoulders and princess seams that conform to a woman’s body. This shirt is available in sizes small through double extra large in black or light periwinkle for just $29.99, a savings of $8 off the list price.

The Carhartt Women’s C-Print Waffle T-Shirt is another great shirt for layering on cold days. This shirt is made from a comfortable and soft six-ounce cotton and polyester blend. The side-seamed construction of the shirt minimizes twisting and maximizes comfort. The shirt also features a longer length for additional coverage and a tag-less label. The Carhartt logo is sewn on the shirt’s hem, and the “C” logo is patterned on this baby waffle shirt for an overall great look. This versatile shirt is available in brown with white print at Safety Girl’s website for just $29.99.

Looking for more women’s work shirts from Carhartt? Visit Safety Girl’s online store for the complete selection.