As a state Senator, a native Mississippian and the product of educational institutions where women instructors, administrators and mentors helped to develop me and many others, I feel it is critical to voice support for women and their roles in making many of us who we are.
In light of negative national media attention being given on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, to the statement of a fellow elected Mississippi office holder, I can assure everyone that I love my mother, as do the majority of sons and daughters of working women throughout the state love theirs.
I in great part have been successful because my mom, Alzena, has worked for over 30-years for Kroger Foods, where she helped to provide for our family while we learned to the best of our ability in school classrooms most often supervised and led by dedicated and capable women.
I love my wife, CuWanda, and I thank every woman who has ever worked a job and whose tenacity and talents have forced open doors of equality and respect.
It is because of the working women of the world that many of us excelled and continue to grow mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
I consider men and women to be equal in the world, the workplace, and in the sight of God.
DERRICK T. SIMMONS
Mississippi State Senator