DiscriminationLearned Through Experiece working through a single mothers eyes

The most significant work experience that I have encountered was becoming a single mother, because it taught me a lesson in discrimination, and how society judges people. Many people do not realize all the discrimination occurring to single parents each day. The census bureau states that 27% of the households in the United States are single parent households. It irritates me to see how cruel society can be to judge a person, and make them feel as if committing a crime, because they are single parents. Would it be better to be married to an abusive spouse, or get away from a bad situation to become a single parent? I would rather be a single parent, than to put either of my children in a situation where they would have any harm done to them mentally, physically, or emotionally. I moved out of my house when I turned eighteen, during my senior year of high school. Three months later, I became pregnant. This is when I first experienced discrimination. I had to work full time, and go to school. I only had nine more credits for my honors diploma, but I could not obtain it, because of discrimination against young soon to be mothers. My school made me take parenting classes that are required for pregnant teenagers, because they feel that you will not be a successful parent if you do not take the classes. They tried to convince me I would not know how to be a good parent, since I was so young. Many young mothers throughout history have been successful parents without taking any parenting classes. It takes trial and error, not a book, to teach you how to be a successful parent. I feel that I was discriminated, because I could have gotten scholarships and better job opportunities if I was able to take the required classes for an honors diploma instead of parenting classes. Most people that have children know that it is a struggle to raise kids on only one income, but with a proper budget, it can be accomplished. The govern…

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