There are more than 18 million healthcare workers in the United States; 80% of them are women, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
While women make up the vast majority of home health care workers, they are a minority in the C-Suite. Only 40% of the industry’s key decision-makers are female.
Homecare is a tough space to succeed in, and while org charts may not reflect it, this industry is loaded with strong, determined women doing incredibly meaningful work — they simply don’t get the recognition they deserve!
Here at HHAeXchange, we’d like to take one small step towards changing that. ‘Extraordinary Women in Homecare’ is a series of feature articles designed to celebrate women who bring strength, passion, and creativity to their roles in the homecare industry.
We recently spoke with Shona Eakin, CEO of Voices for Independence, an organization based in Erie, Pennsylvania, that strives to empower people with disabilities and promote independent living. With the majority of its staff being individuals with disabilities, Voices also serves as an advocacy group for its consumers and workers. Read on to learn why Shona is passionate about homecare, how her agency has adapted during the COVID-19 pandemic, and why she never gives up.