As a student at Lauralton Hall, an all girls’ school, I have found that my peers stigmatize gender issues. They have yet to understand the importance of issues such as protecting pregnant workers and ensuring the availability of mammograms for all women – both of which PCSW has promoted in the 40 years of its existence. In a recent poll I conducted in one of my Advanced Placement courses, all but one student didn’t know that women often do not receive equal pay or that the average woman with an associate’s degree still isn’t paid as much as the average male with a high school degree. The adversity that women face is, unfortunately, very real and until the women of my generation learn to advocate for themselves, we need the force of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women in its entirety.