I'm a Chattanooga native and Chattanooga State graduate. I've lived here and worked here my entire life. I'm currently working a minimum wage job to pay back loans and I'm helping pay bills in my family in replace of my mother who had a stroke in the fall of 2013 and is now unable to work. I hope to go back to school and get my Bachelor's degree. I'm standing up for all of the women who have stood up for me during my childhood and made me the hardworking woman I am today.
I've spent every year of my 23 years surrounded by strong women. Some have worked two jobs while trying to get a degree, like my mother and sister. Others have carpooled me from school to home after games. But what all of these women have in common is that they are hard working. However they also have the commonality of discrimination where women still aren't making equal to men in the work field for doing the same job. We have all had to do extra to get the same amount as our male counterparts. We do this work in order to support our families. Both my sister and I are helping out with bills because my mother suffered a stroke last fall and although she’s come a long way she is still unable to return to work. Both of us have minimum wage jobs.
I'm taking a stand today and saying that these women the creators and backbone of our nation deserve more. Support them by supporting equal pay.
I was raised by and around strong women my entire life. I've seen how hard they've worked to support their families and to support me. I think it's more than unjust to not pay them the same amount of money as their male counterparts. Not just for the next generation of women but for the current generation of women. We owe it to them. Support them by supporting equal pay for equal work in order to create equal opportunities for success and access to their pursuit of happiness.