38 | Ceres Magazine | Fall 2016
Ceres Magazine asked what you wanted to see in the magazine, and the themes you would like us to feature. You answered and we listened! We took three of the topics that are important to you, and let you comment on them. They are: women in today's society, Black Lives Matter, and the upcoming presidential elections.
Patricia Laughbaum Rhodes, 75, Retired, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. From Galion, Ohio.
As a senior member of this society, I see women in far more roles than allowed when I was young. When I was in my twenties, I worked in a job where I was paid $1.50 per hour. A man, who sat across from me, did the same job and was paid $150.00 per week. You do the math! We did exactly the same job, except I had to do his typing because he didn't know how to type. I complained and was told he was being paid more because he was a man. I complained about that statement and was told he had to support his family. Really? I was my sole support, but people thought I was crazy. I wasn't crazy, just ahead of my time! This was in the early 1960's. There is still much to be done, but women are working on it!
My only comment about the upcoming elections is this: I have been through eight presidents. Some I liked, some I wasn't so fond of. It is my belief that whoever is elected will be OK. I can see that a lot of people would want to elect Hilary because we would finally have a female president. I can see that a lot of people would want to elect Donald because he is the exact opposite of a politician. So many people I talk to are tired of politics and really want change. Maybe this is it. Whatever happens, we will be fine. Since I started voting eight presidents ago, we have managed to survive. We will continue to do so! Everyone relax!