Women reflect on importance of vote ahead of crucial election

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Like many newly-minted moms, Michaela Leak wants to teach her three-year-old son good values.

“Women are just as equal as men, treat everybody with respect,” she said.

On the 96th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, Leak is reflecting on how far women have come. With a big election round the corner, certain issues are going to be the focus for millions of women voters across the country.

“Our income, our children's schooling,” Leak said. “A lot of different things that count.”

“As long as you're doing quality work, as long as you have the skills, and as long as you can show that I can do this then why not pay me what I'm worth,” said Chair of the Greensboro Commission on the Status of Women Deborah Goddard.

Goddard says equal pay for equal work has never been more of a key issue in this election. While she’s not endorsing a candidate, she says a woman being a major party candidate shows how things have changed in the past 96 years.

“I think the day will come whether you're a man or a woman it's not a big deal anymore. Are you competent, are you capable and if so you can do the job,” she said.

Tomorrow morning the commission will be hosting its annual Women's Equality breakfast. It will feature prominent women in the Greensboro community trying to connect and empower local women.

“This year we have homeless women sitting at the table with elected officials. So there is no special seating, no dignitary tables, no elite tables,” Goddard said.

According to the League of Women Voters in the Piedmont Triad, there are 3.5 million women registered to vote in North Carolina, compared to less than 3 million men.

Goddard says they will be registering even more at tomorrow’s breakfast.

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