My State House Experience By Milagros Sanchez

July 28, 2015

 

   Photo: Left to Right: Milagros Sanchez & Dez Savoy
So, I thought I had seen it all, and I was definitely wrong.  I had a mix of overwhelmed feelings in my stomach. Getting out of the train in Boston, the first thing that caught my eye was this big building at the top of the hill. “There it is!” Val said. I said to myself wow! This is going to be a great experience today.
 
The night before I barely had any sleep, a lot of excitement and vibrations in my stomach and no “I didn’t need had to use the ladies’ room” (wink).  This was my first time going to the Massachusetts State House and knowing that I was going to be there for something big made me more nervous. 

Once I went inside, I was staring at all the amazing paintings in the ceiling and walls.  Seeing all the women there for the equal pay bill excited and talking to each other gave me such a good vibe. Before the hearing there was a press conference and that’s where I knew for sure that destiny had put this Bronx girl though so much just so I could be there. The speeches were very empowering. I was clapping and yelling after each speech because of how motivating they were. This experience was unique. I am filled with pride knowing that even though I wasn’t able to speak at the hearing due to the limited time, my presence counted. After we came back, I wrote a letter to the committee that heard the bill about why it was important to me, and now I am putting together a letter signed by all the other LifeWork participants.

Thank you, Women’s Fund of Southeastern Massachusetts for the experience. Today I have discovered another thing that  I’m passionate about: to advocate for women’s rights. That’s what I want to do, no doubt.

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