March is Women's History Month and last Friday, March 8th, we celebrated International Women's Day.
While there is much to celebrate - women make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce, own 10 million businesses with $1.4 trillion in receipts and are more likely to earn a college degree than men - there's still a long way to go.
The gender pay gap still stands at roughly .78 cents to the dollar, causing working women to earn and save substantially less over their lifetimes, forcing them to work much longer than their male counterparts.
The fastest growing segment of the American workforce is women aged 65-84. By 2024, there will be 6.3 million working women over the age of 65 with 800,000 of those in California.
Many of these women will have worked long careers in hospitality, manufacturing, education, health, agriculture and other industries with high rates of injuries.
According to the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation, men's injury risk decreases as they age, but women's cumulative trauma work injury risk increases as they get older.
Ensuring our workers' compensation system is prepared to provide treatment for these women is critical. Failing to protect them in one of the most vulnerable stages of life is simply not an option.