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Teaching tolerance in Wyoming

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.

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