During Women’s History Month, some thoughts from women about workplace safety

March is Women’s History Month, a national observance that dates back to March 1987. That being so, we would be remiss if, before the month is over, we didn’t recognize some women who have had some important and/or interesting things to say on the topic of occupational health and safety.

  • “At the end of the day, the goals are simple: Safety and security.” — Jodi Rell, former governor of Connecticut
  •  “For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind.” — Eleanor Everet, safety expert
  •  “Technology is moving at a much faster clip than our laws can keep up with.” — Deborah Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council
  •  “Any threat to the health and safety of a child in any school or classroom is unacceptable.” And, “Public health and safety are my highest priorities.” — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown
  •  “States get to improve transportation infrastructure; that creates economic development, puts people back to work and, most important, enhances safety and improves local communities.” — Corrine Brown, former U.S. representative
  •  “After the Challenger accident, NASA put in a lot of time to improve the safety of the space shuttle to fix the things that had gone wrong.” — Sally Ride, first American woman in space
  • “Good governance, safety, a chance to grow economically and professionally — those are important things.” — Dana Perino, American political commentator and author
  • “We will never forget the lessons that we learned as a result of San Bruno (a California pipeline explosion, September 2010). It’s really caused us to focus on safety with a laser-like sort of manner. There’s always more work to be done.” — Geisha Williams, president and CEO of Pacific Gas and Electric Company
  • “You are your last line of defense in safety. It boils down to you.” — Kina Repp, workplace accident survivor and safety and motivational speaker

About Women’s History Month

National Women’s History Month was inspired by a small-town school event in California, It celebrates the progress and accomplishments of American women in history, culture, and society.

In 1987, after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Public Law 100-9, which designated March 1987 as Women’s History Month. Since 1988, U.S. presidents have issued annual proclamations designating March as Women’s History Month.

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