Parents Helping Parents of Wyoming State Parenting Center

Jennifer Petri- PIC Outreach Parent Liaison- Rock Springs and Green River, WY

I like females.  I like my daughters, my sisters, my mother, my co-workers, my girl friends, and myself.  I like Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Sarah Palin, Nancy Pelosi, and Michelle Obama.  I respect what they do and admire their abilities.  Who wouldn’t?

Strangely, many people in Wyoming show a shocking level of intolerance for women.  Women are paid, on average, 55 pennies for every dollar a man makes in Wyoming.  Their abilities and contributions are given much lower value that that of their male counterparts.  Education does not improve the pay gap, in fact, it exacerbates it.

This discouraging fact illustrates this phenomenon:  The University of Wyoming consistently graduates more female law students than male.  Despite this, out of 25 Wyoming District Court judge, only 1 is female.  Out of 30 circuit court judges, only 5 are female.

Out of our 60 house legislators, only 13 are female.  Out of 31 Wyoming senators, only 1 is female.   The examples could go on and on…

Teaching tolerance begins with women.  As females, we need to accept and encourage each other in our efforts both professional and personal.  Each time a woman is degraded, all of us are degraded.  Each time we reach out and elevate a mother, daughter, friend, and co-worker, we are all supported.  Go Ladies!  Ya’ll know I’ll support you.

Comments on: "Teaching tolerance in Wyoming" (3)

  1. Tammy Wilson said:

    Good post Jennifer. I think we pretty much live in a good ole boys state even if it is call the equality state. I could not help but notice that the governers cabnet had only two or three women. I also believe that several different groups of people are discriminated against. People with disabilities being at the top of that group. That is why we all do the job we do.

  2. Downeychick said:

    I think you have some very valid points! Let’s do all we can to support each other and revel in each other’s successes! We need to encourage our young women to obtain their goals and dreams and to push for equality…..hmmm, isn’t Wyoming known as “The Equality State”????

  3. Jan Jones said:

    What a turn of events! We were just talking about this very subject between us in this office! It has been along time coming just for women to get to this point! Look back on history and see how change is coming but very slowly. Maybe in our grandchildren’s life time, huh? We need to make sure we are all working toward equality. No one puts baby in the corner!

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