Occupational and environmental reproductive hazards education and resources for communities of color

Author Name: 
Dula, A., Kurtz, S. and Samper, M. L.
Publication Date: 
Friday, September 3, 1993
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This article is only one of a scattered few that talks about the disease risk factors for persons of color. In 1993, out of 116 occupational hazard articles only 14 included mention of non-whites. No article focused on women of color in 1993. Dula, et al decided that they would try to discover more about this topic based on historical research done that shared some sad statistics. In 1930 blacks were recruited to tunnel in a mountain in West Virginia, 500 out of the 5000 died from silicosis. Dula et al demand things change and wish to prove there are sensible changes to be had. This article primarily focuses on African-American Women. Historically, segregation of black women in society has caused them to be somewhat left behind forcing them into more dangerous jobs. The article claims that black women are 91% more likely to be inflicted by a occupational hazard than white women. Dula et al (1993), go into all of the many hazards black women face on the job. Exposure to dust in lungs, reproductive disorders and miscarriages from repetitive stress syndrome, organic solvents and chemicals in electronics factories, women of color are exposed to pesticides and these hurt their children in the future. All occupations that black women are a part of are listed here and also all of the risks they face and exact disease. The health of women of color vs. white women is compared and while it is apparent by the previous data that it cannot be better for women of color but it is still truthful and worth knowing the differences these factors make. Later the article talks about what resources exist for black women in their community. Researchers will note the data here is 20 years old but would provide excellent context for a 20 year contrast in another study. Dula et al suggest a new agenda to involve black women with their community and charge the community with improving services. The article ends with recommendations to all parties as to ways they can help black women and therefore all women improve their lives. The article would be interesting to people helping black people in their communities, or as a history of 1988-1993 occupational hazard data.