Women in the safety industry need allies and the space to find their own voices! More importantly, PPE needs to be designed specifically for women’s bodies to ensure safety and efficiency. Joining us on the Hazard Girls podcast is the co-founder of the Iowa Women and Safety Conference and founder of The Safety Rack, Amy Roosa. First off, Amy tells us how she got started with the conference, who it targets, and what it’s all about as well as the main industries that safety professionals are coming from. She then gives us a breakdown of her background and how she got into safety before discussing why women get the brunt of the frustrations people experience in safety more than their male colleagues. Next, Amy delves into the pros and cons of being a woman in the safety industry, the importance of calling sexism out, and why men must be allies. We then discuss the importance of having PPE made for women specifically and how The Safety Rack is changing the ‘shrink it, pink it’ mentality.’ To hear all this and how you can educate your employers to make a change for women, tune in now!
Sn. 4, #12 Amy Roosa: Giving Women Their Voice and Finding Allies To End The ‘Shrink It, Pink It’ Mentality
Emily received her BA in Women’s Studies and JD from Temple University. Early on, she worked as a legal advocate for women in domestic violence cases. After practicing law, Emily began working on the business side of things. She is the co-owner of AAA School of Trucking, a truck and heavy equipment safety training firm, which she has spent the last 10 years growing into a thriving national business through government and military contracting and corporate partnerships.
As an executive in the transportation industry, darting from client meeting to trucking range required safety boots that met her style standards, and when she couldn’t find them anywhere, she created Juno Jones Shoes. Emily trained in shoemaking in Cuernavaca, Mexico and at the Brooklyn Shoe Space, and assembled a powerhouse team of designers, consultants, and industry experts to bring Juno Jones to life. Through Juno Jones Shoes, Emily is fulfilling her dream of not only providing women with safe, stylish footwear options for their jobs but of helping to normalize and empower women in traditionally male-dominated fields.
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Amy Roosa has worked the last 18 years in the field of safety, ranging from construction to general industry. She has worked with organizations such as the National Safety Council, helping create the Government and Public Sector Division, and is also the Co-Founder of the Iowa Women in Safety Conference, which connects women to both safety and professional resources for career growth. Amy is passionate about safety and specifically passionate about women’s safety across all trades, which is why she founded The Safety Rack this year to discuss Women’s PPE issues in the trades and working to close this gap for women’s safety.