Every time I go on Facebook, I see the same posts over and over: people arguing over a difference of opinion. In my short time on this earth, I have come to accept that my opinion usually doesn’t matter to anyone except for my close-knit circle. I’m okay with that. I do my duty as a citizen and vote when I can, fully realizing that I am only one voice out of millions. Maybe it’s because I grew up with a sibling that I’m so accepting of not getting what I want. Am I disappointed? Sometimes. Mad? Yes, that, too. But I’m not going to let that stop me from fighting for what I believe is right.
Which got me thinking. What would I do if I were president? Now, before I begin, I again am fully aware the president is not the say all when it comes to the rules. But let’s pretend for a moment that we live in the kind of world where things are magically right and just and equal.
- Marriage Equality: I am, and always will be, a huge supporter of marriage equality. People are people. They’re not homosexuals, heterosexuals, transexuals or bisexuals. They are, simply, human. And what is more human than to love?
- Gender Equality: Okay, so maybe this one comes from me being a woman that has experienced, first hand, gender inequality. When I started working after college (with a college degree), I was making almost half as much as someone my age who did not have a college degree (who was also a man). We went to the same school, worked at the same place, doing the same role. And he made nearly double what I was making. For an entire year, I sat and stewed until finally at my yearly review, I demanded I made as much as he was making. Luckily, I have a cool job, and they agreed to it. I can only imagine the same scenario in a different work environment. It saddens me to think that this happens to women everywhere.
- Equal Pay: Now hold on, before you take that the wrong way. I believe that you should be paid what you deserve. If you are working in a fast food restaurant, you should be making minimum wage. And no, not $15 minimum wage. The $8-$10 minimum wage. You are working in a field that requires little to no experience or schooling. You do not owe $50,000 in student loans. You chose to start a family knowing full well you didn’t make enough money to support that family. I know that’s harsh. I agree. But as a student that has been working my butt off since kindergarten, I’m allowed to be harsh. What people don’t realize is that with higher pay, comes higher prices. You’re complaining about milk being nearly $3 a gallon? Increase the minimum wage and get used to it being $5. Instead of increasing the minimum wage, why not offer free trade programs or better financial aid to the general public. Make yourself a better person and prove that you deserve to making more than minimum wage. Everyone else has to.
Now that you know what I would do, I challenge you to do the same. What would you do if you could change the world?