Parents Helping Parents of Wyoming State Parenting Center

Erin Swilling- Parent Educator in Cheyenne

Last week we blogged about the difference in Wyoming in pay scale for women vs. men;  being from California I am often asked why I moved here or why I am still here 18 years later. I’ve often reflected on why I like it here so much.  It is very different from CA, where I spent my first 17 years of life. And if you look at some of Wyoming’s statistics it certainly could make me question why I have chosen to stay and raise my own family. 

I’ve taken the last week to visit with co-workers, family and friends to get their feel of tolerance in our community. The consensus is that people are aware of the intolerance we (as women) face in pay, in minority culture, in progression and growth, etc. In visiting with a variety of people in the last week I realized that the majority of us were not born and raised here. I think times and expectations are changing. Slowly, yes.  But the idea that women should command less than men in the workforce is certainly not supported among the people I have talked to. 

So the question, why am I raising my own family here, needs to be looked at. It’s my goal to raise children who will help shape what tolerance not only looks like, but also change what it means. As our younger generations move up through the ranks and begin to be voices in our state, among our workforce, and throughout our lives and beyond the look and feel of Wyoming will change. I think that alone makes the teaching of tolerance in our great state an exciting and hopeful prospect. I like to think I am a part of that.  And even more that my three children will continue on with that same knowledge in their attitudes, interactions and life.

Comments on: "Tolerance in Wyoming’s Culture- More than Men Vs. Women" (3)

  1. Downeychick said:

    I think change is slow, but it is happening! If you look back even 25 years, my how things have changed for women and minorities. Is it enough? No! Are we making a difference with our children? Yes! Will our children make even greater strides for change? YES! I think Wyoming is becoming more tolerant and overcoming the “I can do it all by myself” attitude and becoming more accepting. Let’s all keep our eyes and minds open to more opportunities to foster this new attitude!

  2. Tammy Wilson said:

    Very good post. I was also raised in another state until I was 18. I have grown children who all live in WY. they all seem to be very tolerant people and I would like to beleive the way I raised them has something to do with that. What I see in this state is more of a (not my problem attitude) I am not sure who said it but I have heard the saying” to say nothing about injustice is saying a great deal”. I beleive that with all my heart and will always stick up for people when I can.

    • I think inequality is alive and well in the workforce as far as pay. It is very hard in Wyoming to be a female and be the BREAD WINNER. Women often take men’s jobs and still have the problem of making the same amount of money to support their family. Child support enforcement needs to be more forceful in this state.

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