Dr. Jill Biden visits Columbus library to discuss women in the workplace

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Dr. Jill Biden made a stop in Columbus Wednesday. She met with local women at the Columbus Main Library for a discussion about how to even the playing field for women in the workforce.

Pay equity, harassment and discrimination towards working mothers were some of the topics at the event put on by the Richard Cordray for Governor campaign.

Dr. Biden opened up about her own experience as a working woman and how she was treated unfairly.

“You won’t even believe my salary. It was $7,500 my first year of teaching and they hired a man in the English department to do the exact same job… $10,000. That’s how it used to be or how it still is actually,” she said.

Women in attendance all agreed women still aren’t treated the same in the workplace.

“We want to be treated with respect we want to be treated with dignity. We want to have an opportunity to get a job that pays us a wage where we can take care of our family,” said one of the guests in attendance.

Dr. Biden said a fair workplace for all will only happen if strong women keep speaking up.

“We all do want the same things. We do want our families to succeed and it’s so important for me, it’s education. It’s all about education in so many ways.”

Cordray’s running mate, Betty Sutton, led the discussion with Dr. Biden. Cordray faces Mike DeWine in the November election now a little more than a month away.

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