by Terri Lynn Land
As a little girl, I loved working alongside Grandma Jenny at our family motel. Grandma was not the typical woman of her time; she helped run the family business, which was a rarity. Her and grandpa were a true team, with grandpa running the day-to-day operations of the motel, and grandma managing the books. I helped her clean the rooms and was thrilled just to be a member of the family team.
After college, I became the motel manager, and it was Grandma Jenny who taught me that with hard work, women could not only succeed, but also excel in the workplace. Ever since I was a young girl — standing on the stool at the kitchen sink doing dishes — I’ve kept Grandma Jenny’s advice with me.
When Washington politicians like Congressman Peters and Barack Obama sit in their offices in Washington, D.C. to talk about the struggles Michigan women face, I think of Grandma Jenny and chuckle. The fact is that these men don’t understand this struggle and have no idea what a war on women really is. (more…)