If you want to celebrate International Women’s Day, look no further than the field and profession of Speech Language Pathology, a field predominately employed by women.
According to an online Boston Globe chart on March 7, 2017 titled “The Percentage of Women and Men in Each Profession” by Matt Rocheleau, Speech Language Pathologists were 97.5% female.
Speech Language Pathologists – or “SLP’s” – are employed in a variety of positions from educators to medical specialists, researchers to technology developers, and more. They utilize areas including science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in their assessment, treatment, and research of communication disorders.
In addition, the licensing body for this profession known as the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, or “ASHA”, proves SLP’s #pressforprogress in their field in that they continually advocate for various issues in the fields of education and healthcare – the latest issue being therapy caps in the healthcare world.
The field of Speech Language Pathology is an often underrated, behind-the-scenes, profession but gaining more spotlight through their work with clients with autism and rehabilitation of stroke and swallowing disorders.
In a day and age where women fight to gain access to things such as equal pay, better work-force conditions, equal treatment, and more – Speech Language Pathologists prove women not only #pressforprogress, but are continuing to make a difference in the world around them.