March celebrates two groups of individuals: Women and Social Workers. It’s a fitting combination, as an estimated 83% of social workers are women. And while we could take this opportunity to highlight the women in social work who have made documented history - like Jane Addams and Ida B. Wells - we ask you instead to reflect on the many women in social work who make history and help to change history for the individuals they serve every day.
Whether helping individuals through crises as counselors and case managers, working to locate resources, offering guidance and advice on parenting, relationships and more, advocating for equity and justice, or simply by being there as an ear, a shoulder and a voice, social workers have an unquantifiable impact on the lives they touch. For so many, social workers make history simply by caring. Our world as a whole and as individuals is a better place because of social workers.
At the R.J. Leonard Foundation, we are honored to work with a number of inspiring social workers, who also happen to be women, including:
Happy Social Work Month and Happy Women’s History Month!