Local Women Talk About National Women's Equality Day

By Melissa Warren | 

"If you want something, and you're willing to work hard and persevere, I think you can reach any dream that you want," said Regina Webb Salon and Spa Owner Regina Webb.

Regina Webb owns her own salon and beauty school, is a member of numerous community organizations in Bowling Green, and has run for state office more than once, and she says it was her parents who gave her the mind set that she could achieve anything.

"My dad, he always had that confidence that if I stood on top of that building and flapped my wings, I almost thought I could fly," said Webb.

Even though she doesn't feel inequality, Webb says the remnants of it are still there.

"Around here, I think I'm the first woman that ever ran for the state senate, knowing that it used to really be considered a man's world. There are alot of people that maybe still have that mind set, but as I walk around and meet people, and get educated on who I am, then I really think they think totally differently about it," said Webb.

Melinda Hill, a business woman and Bowling Green City Commissioner says, much like Webb, when she looks at many colleagues, she knows something is different.

"I asked them how often they're introduced as being a male of a certain age, or a male of a certain color when they're introduced as a city commissioner. They all looked at me and said, well I'm never introduced that way. I said I'm always introduced as the only female commissioner. I never wanted to have a position, or anyone thinking of Melinda because I'm a female. Think of Melinda because she is doing a good job," said Bowling Green City Commissioner Melinda Hill.

Both say they feel women are more able than ever to do anything they dream, but say wages and politics are an area where there is still work to be done. In his proclamation, President Obama noted the first law he ever signed was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, because he recognized those same areas in need of improvement. According to the president, women are still paid 77 cents compared to every dollar a man makes.

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