Silently Announcing My Career Path, Betty Reid Soskin
Betty Reid Soskin shares an encounter which taught her to proudly represent herself as an African-American park ranger.
BETTY REID SOSKIN: I was standing in the supermarket checkout line on the way home from work in uniform. And a young black woman was standing next to me. And she finally said, "Pardon me, but do you work at the prison?" Because there were no national park rangers in the area where I lived.
And I realized that she had no way of knowing that that was even within the realm of possibility for a person of color and that here I was representing that. And so every time I am out and about in the community, I am so aware that I am silently announcing a career path.