Women on the Front Lines

The New York Times: I Never Planned to Be a Front-Line Worker at Dollar General

Equity, Women on the Front Lines

I’ve been working at Dollar General here for more than two years. My manager is wonderful, and I have a great relationship with my customers. But when I took this job I never planned to become a worker on the front line of a pandemic.

I close the register many nights, so I know my store’s revenue has practically doubled since the coronavirus hit. But we workers haven’t gotten any extra money, even though we’re risking our health, and our families’ health, to keep the stores running. Louisiana’s governor is expected to lift parts of the stay-at-home order soon. I don’t think our state is ready for that and I know my co-workers aren’t.

Read Kenya Slaughter’s op-ed in The New York Times here.