Wendy Beattie CPO, FAAOP, Past President of the Academy previously announced that she was forming a new committee to work on projects designed to both attract more women into orthotics and prosthetics and enhance the role of those women already in the orthotics and prosthetics profession.
Beattie stated, "I am aware that, as in all health professions, we are attracting more and more women to our educational programs. Although the percentage of women in the profession is increasing, I do not see the same increase reflected in membership within the Academy, attendance at meetings or in leadership roles for women within the profession. In light of this, I am working with a number of our women members to set up programs, including a mentorship project, to help women entering the profession not only succeed as orthotists and prosthetists, but to encourage them to take an active role in shaping the future of our profession."
Beattie thanked Jocelyn Wong, Leigh Pipkin, DeAnna Clough, Annette Daly, Lara Schrock, and Janelle Springer, who were the impetus for this idea and for presenting Women in Orthotics & Prosthetics sessions at recent Academy Annual Meetings. Beattie also received agreement of then President-elect, Jim Rogers CPO, FAAOP, that this project would be a focus of his 2008-2009 administration. The Women in Orthotics and Prosthetics Committee continues to remain a focus of the Academy leadership.