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OCR Celebrates Girls’s Historical past Month


As we shut Girls’s Historical past Month, we have a good time the various highly effective ladies who’ve contributed to our Nation, regardless of the obstacles which will exist and those they needed to overcome. This month has been particularly significant as I’ve had robust ladies round me my entire life. I used to be raised by a single mom and regarded as much as my older sister as she trailblazed in her authorized profession in public curiosity. I’m deeply grateful to the various feminine position fashions who opened a path for me and lots of others. As Vice President Kamala Harris says, “First however not the final” and I hope to do the identical for the various ladies who will come after me.

On the U.S. Division of Well being & Human Companies’ (HHS) Workplace for Civil Rights (OCR), we mirror on the work forward of us to deal with discrimination and disparities and advance gender fairness and equality in our nation’s well being and human companies packages.

Girls make up half of the U.S. inhabitants. From suffragists and abolitionists, to our first feminine Vice President, our nation has skilled centuries of progress in direction of gender equality. But, challenges and inequalities persist:

  • Girls proceed to earn lower than their male counterparts. Whereas Equal Pay Day on March 12, 2024 marks how far right into a subsequent 12 months ladies, on common, should work to earn a person’s earnings from the earlier 12 months, pay disparities are extra pronounced for Black ladies, ladies of colour, and girls with disabilities. Latinas, who face the biggest wage hole, should work into December of the next 12 months to earn a non-Latino white man’s earnings.
  • The U.S. has the best maternal mortality price amongst high-income nations, although most are preventable. Black ladies and Native American ladies face greater threat of affected by maternal deaths. Modern actions to enhance maternal well being and delivery outcomes for pregnant and postpartum ladies are essential to eradicate these disparities. 
  • Transgender ladies report greater charges of violent victimization than cisgender ladies.

I be part of President Biden in his name issued in his Proclamation on Girls’s Historical past Month, 2024, “might all of us proceed working to construct a world worthy of the goals and targets of all ladies and ladies.”

OCR enforces a variety of federal privateness legal guidelines and antidiscrimination legal guidelines that defend affected person privateness, together with those that want entry to care, ladies who’re pregnant, ladies with disabilities, or ladies who establish as LGBTQI+.

As a part of my workplace’s work on nondiscrimination and dedication to justice, a few of OCR’s latest efforts embrace:

OCR can be a various workforce and I need to take a second to acknowledge a few of its ladies leaders:

  • Jenny Ma serves as OCR’s Principal Deputy Director.
  • Genevieve Kelly is serving because the Performing Chief of Employees.
  • Robinsue Frohboese is the Deputy Director of Strategic Planning.
  • Nearly all of OCR’s eight Areas nationwide are led by ladies (six):
    • Jamie Rahn Ballay, Regional Supervisor, Mid-Atlantic Area
    • Linda Colón, Regional Supervisor, Japanese & Caribbean Area
    • Andrea Oliver, Regional Supervisor, Rocky Mountain Area
    • Susan Rhodes, Regional Supervisor, New England Area
    • Marisa Smith, Regional Supervisor, Southwest Area
    • Barbara Stampul, Regional Supervisor, Southeast Area

I so respect the various contributions of the ladies that work at OCR to advance privateness and civil rights, and the various ladies throughout the nation who work to make well being care extra accessible, reasonably priced, and higher for all. Their onerous work on daily basis conjures up me to do extra.

Melanie

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