Words We Heard: ‘I will be a mediocre mom. At best.’

Money, color, politics, drugs. This week, “Words We Heard” is going there: real-life ups and downs. May the low points make you want to be a better you; may the high points show you that it’s possible!

  • “For full-time employees, the wage gap experienced by females is approximately the same as buying a used car.” -“The Gender Wage Gap and Wealth Accumulation” report compiled by the Women’s Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation
  • “Charity’s not sustainable. You need more and more and more, and it doesn’t change the legacy of generational poverty. But if you empower women to have a living wage, they’ll usually put money back into their own communities, as well.” -Robin Sayers, Trades of Hope compassionate entrepreneur, in an interview with Women of Cincy
  • “Growing up a black woman in today’s society was not, is not, and may never be easy. For centuries, society has pressured us to sit down and remain silent. I, along with other black women, have found it hard to confidently speak up and prove our input is valuable. Today, with social media, we have found an outlet to make a stand and speak out.” -Sianna Stewart’s “Year of the #BlackGirl
  • “Tuesday’s election is a different kettle of fish. There are no candidates on the ballot who are just taking up space; and the competition for the top two spots is real.” -WVXU’s Howard Wilkinson on how Tuesday’s mayoral primary will differ from past elections
  • “And so since I could never find stable footing from which to ‘balance,’ I gave myself a break on achieving that state of perfection. Instead, I started a family joke that the best the kids can expect from me is that I will be a mediocre mom. At best.” -Sallie Krawcheck, CEO/founder of Ellevest, in an article on LinkedIn
  • “One kind gesture can go a long way. It could change somebody completely.” -Jeff Strong, co-founder of Grand Central Delicatessen in Pleasant Ridge on recovering from his heroin addiction, as reported in Cincinnati Magazine
  • “This person looked at me, scanned me, and felt I’m not a person who would be culturally aware of the New Yorker. He decided that I couldn’t possibly know anything about American literature.” -Kima Jones, founder of Jack Jones Literary Arts, recounting a conversation at the post office in an article on girlboss