Letter to the Editor: Women are a force that can’t be ignored

By 9to5 Action Network member Judy Belanger
Pawtucket, RI
Originally posted on October 26, 2014 in the Providence Journal

Some people don’t vote because they don’t care or they’ve given up.

I know what I care about, because I know myself. Rule number one: Don’t give up on yourself.

As a member of 9 to 5, the National Association of Working Women, I care about the well-being of women, about equal pay for equal work, about family-supporting jobs and jobs that pay a living wage.

I care about ending poverty. I care about public assistance programs that emphasize education and training. I care about opportunity. I care that women and people of color are still underrepresented in fields such as engineering and the sciences, law enforcement, corporate leadership, skilled trades. I want women to be treated fairly and not be discriminated against, and that violence against them is no longer a free-for-all.

Know who you are and what’s in your best interests, then vote for the candidates who will work for you. Together, women are a force that can’t be ignored. They can reverse the tides of discrimination and hate.

Judy Belanger

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