#WomensHistoryMonth Spotlight: The Brave Women Tackling COVID-19

By: Miya Jones
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#WomensHistoryMonth Spotlight: The Brave Women Tackling COVID-19

Even though we took a hit this month (thanks to coronavirus ?), the power of social media has allowed us to highlight some amazing women on Long Island. To close out Women’s History Month, we’re shouting out the female medical professionals, food service workers, women in media, teachers, and other essential workers who are putting their life on the line for us.

This is an unprecedented moment in history. There hasn’t been an outbreak like this in over 100 years since the Spanish flu in 1918.

The women at Huntington Hospital, Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre, Stony Brook Medicine and all the Northwell Health employees and health care providers and beyond are greatly appreciated. We wish we could thank them all individually. They are taking on over 15,200 cases on Long Island with 185 in Nassau and 139 in Suffolk in the ICU. We now have more cases than the third most impacted state, Michigan.

To the patient and dedicated female teachers, administrators and everyone involved in running a school, you’re appreciated. With over 53,000 students on Long Island out of school, educators have made it work utilizing tools such as Google and Zoom.

For the Long Island women in media like Thema Ponton and Antoinette Biordi of News 12, who give us the information that we need, kudos to you. Our dedicated media professionals in front of the camera and behind the scenes are risking their health for the sake of informing the public and these admirable deeds do not go unnoticed.

Last but not least, we want to thank the delivery drivers, grocery store workers, and volunteers who have stepped up to feed all of us. Whether you’re working for Uber Eats or Door Dash, checking out groceries at the local Shoprite or giving your time at a food giveaway, your contributions are appreciated.

If anyone in your life is an essential worker, take the time to say thank you because we need these brave women now more than ever.

Miya Jones

Miya Jones

Miya Jones is a Long Island native and the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Shades of Long Island. She's been a journalist since the age of 17 and is a diversity advocate. Follow Miya on Instagram and Twitter: @miyajones1996 and on Facebook as Miya Jones.

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