Empowerment in the workplace

Empowerment In The Workplace

Earlier last week, Premier Brian Gallant of New Brunswick issued the following statement:

As Warrior Queens and allies, we are all key to ensuring that our workplaces uphold the dignity of every person. That can look like speaking up for ourselves and others, providing mentorship for other women, and more. 

Asians and Pacific Islanders are one of the fastest-growing ethnic and racial groups in the United States – yet their experiences of workplace discrimination receive relatively little attention. Civil rights violations — including workplace discrimination — accounted for 11.5% of total incidents recorded by Stop AAPI Hate. Across the board, women made about 62% of the reports within the March 2020 to December 2021 period.

Employers can best show up for AAPI women by taking a holistic approach to their wellbeing. Along with more mindfulness for working parents, employers can also show solidarity by funding bystander training against harassment. Per Stop AAPI Hate’s report, 63% of hate incidents are verbal harassment, with 16.2% being physical assault. Almost half of the events took place in public spaces.

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AAPI women are strong. From high-powered careers to caring for family to military service, we are more than the stereotypes of being meek and obedient, or hypersexualized and commoditized. Countering these stereotypes starts with showing our strength as true #WarriorQueens.

Hazel Ying Lee was an American pilot who flew for the Women Airforce Service Pilots during World War II. She was one of the first Chinese-American women to earn a pilot’s license and left a trailblazing legacy for AAPI women.

We want to feature AAPI women who protect their communities in a new feature of modern Warrior Queens fighting for their countries and people in #AsianIsStrong.

Know a Warrior Queen who shows bravery and heroism in the armed forces? DM us on Instagram with a nomination along with what makes them a #WarriorQueen!

In our latest episode, Joe Kenny follows up on part 2 of his conversation with Dr. Yeou-Cheng Ma as she focuses on The Children’s Orchestra Society (COS), and the tenacity that it takes to succeed. Dr. Ma furthers this point as she recounts the struggles that she faced while being a young AAPI woman in the medical field. In describing her connection to her inner Warrior Queen, Dr. Ma shares some personal anecdotes that reflect the spreading of love and the legacy that she continues to build. The conversation concludes with Dr. Ma updating our listeners on upcoming COS events and her connection to the Warrior Queen Project’s founder, Swati Bhise. Be sure to give this episode a listen on Spotify and Apple Podcasts!

Diversity Efforts Require More Than Checking a Box:

At a time when hate crimes against Asians, particularly women and the elderly, are skyrocketing, it’s clear that many in power are committed to just checking the box on diversity, equity and inclusion. In a country with nearly 25 million AAPI residents representing over 20 nations, we Americans must commit… (Read more)

Warrior Queens Through History:

Our movement is inspired by the Rani of Jhansi, but there are so many Warrior Queens AAPI women can look up to throughout history. From Mulan to Mavia and Zenobia in the Middle East, Asian women have stood up to powerful forces on behalf of their values. (Read more)

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