Fired teen refused to be paid less than a man, now Hillary Clinton wants her to talk at Democratic National Convention

Jensen Walcott, 17, to address the Democratic National Convention.
Jensen Walcott, 17, to address the Democratic National Convention.  Photo: Facebook

Jensen Walcott could never have imagined that asking a simple question about why her pay was less than a male co-worker's, could land her where she did.

The 17-year-old has been asked by Hillary Clinton, to speak at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on July 28.

Walcott, from Bonner Springs in Kansas was left reeling after being fired from her job at Pizza Studio last month for questioning why her friend earned 25 cents more than her per hour.

Jensen Walcott and friend Jake Reed were both fired from the Pizza Express for discussing pay.
Jensen Walcott and friend Jake Reed were both fired from the Pizza Express for discussing pay. Photo: Yelp

Both Jensen and her friend Jake Reed were hired to work at Pizza Studio on the same day and had similar experience and were the same age. 

When Jensen rang Jake, excited that they would be working together, she discovered that he would be earning $8.25 per hour compared to her $8 per hour, so she gave the store manager a call.

She was promptly fired for discussing pay, with Mr Reed then fired by phone, even though neither employee had been told this was against regulations.

With US women earning just 78 cents for every dollar earned by a man, the story gained the attention of Hillary Clinton, who posted a Tweet in support of Jensen.

The story received nationwide attention and the issue was also discussed on US talk show, The View. Although the apology from Pizza Studio came with job offers (with equal pay) for both Walcott and Reed, they both declined and have since accepted other job offers.

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Walcott will speak at the convention alongside her friend Jake Reed, presenting a united front on the issue of equal pay. Clinton's speech writers drafted their speeches, with the teens then adding their own contributions.

In an interview with People, she says, "I just told my mom the other day that I can't believe this all happened just from Jake and I doing the right thing, that's simply what it is... I refuse to be paid less than a man for the same work."

Although she will not be old enough to vote for Clinton in the upcoming November elections, Walcott thinks she will win the Presidency and told People she is curious to see how her own small, conservative community handles her participation in the convention.

"If there is negative backlash I don't really care. If they are Donald Trump supporters I know that Hillary would be a better President, I think she should be our next president, regardless of other people's views."

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