Women’s History

March 2023

Women’s History Month

Well-behaved women seldom make history.

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

The women of Universal are many things – tough, intelligent, professional, creative – but there is one quality that defines them more than any other: essential. Without women, UI Rehab would be nothing like what it is today (that goes for the rest of the world, for that matter). At every level of our organization – from the owner to the DSPs, from the Therapists to the Directors to the Nurses – a woman can be found in every critical role across the company.

But it’s more than just that. Although the list of accomplishments from our women leaders is long and marvelous, our female clients are just as strong, resilient, and extraordinary.

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If you haven’t caught on by now, this day was all about celebrating women! The day began with a surprise for all of our female staff courtesy of the Community Service Committee members. Various colors of carnation flowers were purchased in secret; the clients then used ribbons to fasten a message to each flower during their community service group and their TRU therapy sessions. For an extra surprise, the female clients were also presented with carnation flowers, with each flower holding a unique, empowering message.

The Activity Specialists hosted a True/False Trivia hour for the clients and staff; the topics were Women’s History and Famous Girl Bosses. The Enrichment Team also hosted a Diva Dance Hour, where our Playlist Committee created a special playlist of the best female singers and divas throughout the generations, from Aretha Franklin to Beyonce and every diva in between.

The main draw of the day, though, was the raffle. The clients and Activity Specialists – especially our Activity Specialist Latisha – spent a lot of time shopping for and putting together six different baskets to be raffled off to the female staff and clients. There were three staff winners and three client winners. The contents of each basket were voted on by the 20+ clients and staff who make up our weekly Special Events planning meeting.

Lastly, purple bandanas were passed around to the females throughout the day as purple is the color representing Women’s History Month. Interestingly, since ancient times, purple has been the color associated with royalty and power. Coincidence? We think not.

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