Since my time on the Metro Board, and this past year as Chair, I’ve been committed to increasing the hiring of women for the many family-supporting wage careers at Metro. Measure M, approved by voters in 2016, is expected to generate over 700,000 jobs. It’s important to me that a fair portion of those jobs go to women, who have historically been under-represented in the transportation and engineering fields.
The Metro Women and Girls Governing Council assesses policies and implements programs aimed at improving gender equity in transportation. The Council works to ensure that Metro addresses the needs of women and provides opportunities both as a service provider and as an employer.
A lot of exciting transit projects are coming to fruition in the next few years, including the Purple Line Extension and the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor in the Third District. With Metro’s support of women in leadership and willingness to view customer service through a gender lens, these projects will be designed in part by women and for women!
To get to know some of the women trailblazers working at Metro, see the video at MOnline. watch this video!
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By Sheila Kuehl