Having the opportunity to attend the Equal Pay Hearing at the Massachusetts State House last week was both educational and inspiring. I was able to observe and learn about how the legislative branch operates. Everyone learns about the different branches of government in school, but witnessing and being proactive in the legislative process is a different story.
I was able to freely walk into a press conference at the State House with my colleagues before the Equal Pay bill hearing and network with different politicians. It did not require any money, just a little confidence and support from Val Bassett, The Women's Fund and LifeWork. Listening to Attorney General Maura Healey and other women speak on behalf of the Equal Pay bill was empowering. They expressed themselves with intelligence, grace and determination.
During the bill hearing, citizens from all over the state were able to testify in front of the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development. Anyone could walk in and testify. Wow! Democracy in its pure form. There were over a hundred people who were waiting to share their story for the Equal Pay bill, Val, Millie and myself included. It was nerve- wracking of course because I am still trying to modify my shy personality.
The experience at the Equal Pay hearing at the Massachusetts State House has inspired me. As a single mother of a beautiful yet energetic little boy, I will continue to work hard in achieving my own higher education. I want to continue to work with LifeWork,The Women's Fund, YWCA, and other non-profit agencies to improve social issues, giving back to the Commonwealth and its communities.