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The Diversity Movement

The diversity movement suggests that there is strength in our differences and that our differences enhance each other. At the same time, the movement insists that our differences should not have economic, social, or political consequences. We are entitled to the same access to resources and opportunities regardless of our differences. The human suffering from Hurricane Katrina and the images of victims has stimulated the debate about differential access to resources.

Read the report Women in the Wake of the Storm: Examining the Post-Katrina Realities of the Women of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. On the basis of your reading, create a report, answering the following:

  • Discuss the prominent dimensions of diversity revealed as a result of the Hurricane Katrina disaster.
  • Discuss factors that specifically influenced women's vulnerability to Hurricane Katrina. While answering, consider the primary dimensions mentioned in the lectures as well as the secondary dimensions such as parental and marital status, income, educational level, military experience, geographic location, work background, and religious beliefs.
  • Describe the implications for healthcare organizations as a result of the disaster.
  • Discuss at least of two of the policy implications that are outlined in the report. If you were given the task to add another policy recommendation what would it be and why?

Make your report in a 4- to 5-page Microsoft Word document.

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Women in the Wake of the Storm : Examining the Post-Katrina Realities of the Women of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast Institute for Women’s Policy Research Funded by Soroptimist International of the Americas, Inc.
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About This Report This report is the third in a series examining the experiences of women, particularly women of color, in the areas hit by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. In Part I, we discussed poverty among women and people of color in the Gulf Coast region and in the South more generally. In Part II, we presented data from before and after the storms, examined women’s role in the labor market prior to the hurricanes, and offered policy recommendations for reincorporating women into the workforce during and after the rebuilding period. This latest study involved discussions with 38 survivors of Hurricane Katrina, following up from earlier interviews, as the basis for an analysis of the experiences and concerns of women following that storm and other disasters. In telling their stories, it provides an analysis of women’s increased vulnerability during times of natural disasters and lays out policy recommendations that pinpoint how best to address those needs in the wake of this disaster and in anticipation of the next. About the Institute for Women’s Policy Research The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) conducts rigorous research and disseminates its fndings to address the needs of women, promote public dialogue, and strengthen families, communities, and societies. IWPR focuses on issues of poverty and welfare, employment and earnings, work and family, health and safety, and women’s civic and political participation. IWPR’s work is supported by foundation grants, government grants and contracts, donations from individuals, and contributions from businesses and organizations. Members and aFfliates oF IWPR’s InFormation Network receive reports and information on a regular basis. IWPR is a 501(c)(3) tax- exempt organization that also works in aFfliation with the women’s studies and public policy programs at The George Washington University. $10 IWPR No. D481 ISBN 978-1-933161-17-4 © Copyright 2008 by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Washington, DC. Martha Darling, Chair Education Policy Consultant Lenora Cole, Vice Chair University of Maryland University College Esmeralda Lyn, Treasurer Hofstra University Cynthia Lloyd, Secretary Population Council Heidi Hartmann, President Institute for Women’s Policy Research Bill Baer Bloomingdale’s Mariam Chamberlain National Council for Research on Women Daisy Chin-Lor Birks & Mayors, Inc. Bob Corti The Avon Foundation Ellen Delany Delany, Siegel, Zorn & Associates, Inc. Holly Fechner Covington & Burling LLP Irasema Garza Legal Momentum Lynn Gitlitz Business Development Consultant David A. Goslin American Institutes for Research, Former President and CEO Carol Greene Goldens Bridge, New York Yvonne Jackson BeecherJackson Susan Meade Phillips Oppenheim Emily van Agtmael Van Agtmael Interiors Sheila Wellington New York University Board of Directors Institute for Women’s Policy Research 1707 L Street NW, Suite 750 Washington, DC 20036 Phone: (202) 785 5100 Fax: (202) 833 4362 www.iwpr.org
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