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Women’s History Month is a time to commemorate and celebrate the vital role of women in history.

At Southcoast Health, we recognize the contributions of women in all facets of health and medicine, including the many women leaders and staff right here in our organization. Hear from some of our female forces:

Linda Rodrigues

Public Safety Supervisor, Charlton Memorial Hospital

24 Years of Service with Southcoast Health

What do you love about your role?

I love my job because I enjoy making a difference in someone’s day. Everyone needs that one person who listens, understands and offers guidance.

Working in public safety can be challenging, but I pride myself in being present and calm in every situation. I treat everyone fair and equal. I instill this in my team and remind them to treat others like they or their family members would want to be treated. I love teaching others the power of strength, perspective and respect.

What advice would you give your 17-year-old self?

I would tell my 17-year-old self that she is her own self. I can control where life takes me despite all the obstacles.

Mind over matter. Do what you know is right. Treat others with respect. Do what makes you happy (money and popularity aren’t everything!) and what motivates you to face the world every day. Use good judgment. Don’t worry about what everyone else has, does or says – be you!

Is there a female role model who has been important to your success?

Having a positive role model is incredibly important to young women. Though I didn’t always have a personal positive role model, I was inspired by women who could do any type of work. I, too, wanted to prove that there is no “man’s job” nor “woman’s job.” We are all capable of achieving our goals regardless of any prejudices against your sex, race or size. Strength is a power we possess in our hearts and minds.

Any words of wisdom on work-life balance?

Be you! Be who you can be. Always do your best, not expecting a reward, but for your own enrichment. My best days are when I know I’ve helped someone, when I feel like I’ve accomplished something and when I go home tired because I know I gave my best. Stay kind, stay humble and reach higher! Hard work never hurt anybody. Never stand above because we are all equal and capable of failing no matter what your role or status is.