Tacoma Women's Economic Security Forum 2014

Herb Dempsey
Tacoma Women's Economic Security Forum 2014

Anyone attending the women's forum on economic security at Tacoma Community College on Wednesday, June 18th was greeted by this spectacular View of the Equity Banner against the backdrop of The Mountain. Inside Building 11, an impressive collection of dedicated representatives from historically progressive groups told touching personal stories in their struggles to rise above second-class citizenship.

The Assemblage
The Assemblage
Tami Green
Tami Green
Jeannie Darneille
Jeannie Darneille
Marilyn Watkins
Marilyn Watkins

From the meat cutter who watched her less talented male colleagues snatch living wage job after living wage job, while she was condemned to be a meat wrapper, to the family stories of Tami Green and Jeannie Darneille everybody learned something about their neighbors.  The message was repeated frequently and defended by an inescapable litany of facts: women, by virtue of the fact that they were born girls, are awarded second-class citizenship in Tacoma and Pierce County.  Marilyn Watkins, Policy Director of the Economic Opportunity Institute, detailed the building of a coalition of groups across the state.  The design of the coalition will be to improve the economics for women.  The specific goals involve workplace issues still unresolved.

The Washington Work and Family Coalition , cooperating locally with everyone from the AAUW to the Washington State Senior Citizens’ Lobby, heard fact after fact after fact with phrases such as "paycheck fairness," "paid sick days," and "family and medical leave" that left no doubt of second-class citizenship for women in Tacoma.

Older/Younger
Older/Younger
Intimate Conversation
Intimate Conversation
Talking and Listening
Talking and Listening
Two Young Men
Two Young Men

Photo credits: Wayne Hagen