May 13, 2018
By Jared Polis
We are grateful each day for our mothers, and this Mother’s Day I want to tell you a little about mine.
My mother Susan Polis Schutz is a poet and a professional greeting card writer, so growing up it was never easy to figure out what to give her for Mother’s Day. I couldn’t exactly send her a card that she wrote, so I had to get creative. I remember trying to cook for her one year as a kid… let’s just say it didn’t exactly work out the way I intended! But later on, I started a flower company, and was always able to make sure my mom and millions of other moms got the very best flowers on Mother’s Day.
Susan Polis Schutz is many things: a writer, documentary filmmaker, businesswoman, grandmother to our kids, and trailblazing feminist. She’s my role model.
Throughout my life, she has shown what it means to be committed to family and to give back to the community. She was even my little league coach! She and my father set an example of what equal partnership looks like, and that is a major reason why I’m passionate about creating a Colorado in which everyone is truly equal.
My mother is my inspiration for policies like paid family leave and equal pay for equal work. She taught me the importance of empowerment through universal health care, especially reproductive health. I was thinking of her when I passionately casted my vote for the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in Congress, and signed on as a co-sponsor of the Equal Rights Amendment. One of my first acts as governor will be to end the practice of using wage history to determine a woman’s salary in our state hiring. We will not let pay inequity compound over the course of a woman’s career. The long shadow of pay disparities based on gender and race must be ended through direct action.
I know for my mom, the best kind of Mother’s Day gift will be continuing to fight for all Colorado families (and also a bouquet of flowers). This Mother’s Day, mom did something for me (and you)! She recorded a surprise video sharing her thoughts and feelings as only she can (yes, her hair really is purple and blue! Just another reason she makes me proud to be her son!).