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.