Gloria Steinem wrote that the story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.
As we celebrate International Women's Day on March 8th, we remember the contributions women have made in our homes, communities and lives. And as Steinem said, we also remember their contributions in the fight for equality.
Connect Hearing recognizes the role women have made around the world, and it is our deepest hope that the health and welfare of women will continue to be a priority. Our mothers, sisters, grandmothers and daughters have played a role in all disciplines of health, so it should come as no surprise that women have also been leaders in hearing health and safety.
“International Women's Day isn't just another day on the calendar, it's a moment in time to recognize the contributions of women all over the world and in all walks of life. For me personally, it's a chance to recognize women who have played a leading role in the fight against hearing loss,” said Jon Waterhouse, Manager of Professional Practice for Connect Hearing Canada. “Every day, women are on the front lines creating new scientific advancements and working on the front lines in hospitals, in our communities and in countries where hearing aids aren't readily available. It also goes without saying that we are blessed to have many creative, knowledgeable, dedicated and driven women working with Connect Hearing Canada.”
Hearing loss is a challenge that can hit people very hard, and this can be especially true for women. Researchers from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), part of the National Institutes of Health, have found a strong association between hearing impairment and depression among U.S. adults of all ages, particularly in women. Reuters says among those with hearing problems, nine percent of men had moderate to severe depression compared to almost 15 percent of women, according to the results published in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
At Connect Hearing, we are very aware of the impact hearing loss can have on individuals and their families. This is one reason why we encourage people to come in for a free hearing test at one our clinics, located across Canada.
According to the website, International Women's Day has been observed since the early 1900's, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women's craft markets, theatrical performances, fashion parades and more.
The theme for 2015 is Make It Happen, which is hoped to encourage effective action for advancing and recognizing women. Waterhouse believes this theme works very well for Connect Hearing Canada.
“I love the theme make it happen, and I think it's a theme that's very fitting not only for the advancement of women but also for hearing health,” said Jon Waterhouse. “Too many women – especially seniors – are living with hearing loss. It is my deepest hope that in 2015, we can make a difference in the lives of girls and women everywhere.”