The Women’s Convention taking place Oct. 27-29, will bring national, state, and community leaders who are at the forefront of the women’s rights and progressive movement under the same roof as everyday citizens — or at least those who were able to afford the pricey tickets or lucky enough to get a scholarship.

Tickets for the gathering at Cobo Hall in Detroit cost $295, plus an $8.37 online processing fee, for three-day general admission. For youth (under the age of 25) and students, it’s $125 and $4.12 in processing — one-day passes for Friday or Saturday have the same costs. On Sunday, it’s $75 and $2.87 processing.

Merriam-Webster defines feminism as “the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes,” and The Women’s Convention has branded itself as an intersectional gathering that welcomes people regardless of their sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, physical or cognitive disabilities, religion, or socioeconomic class.

 Its tagline, “Reclaiming Our Time,” was first pronounced by U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif) during a House Financial Services Committee in August, and the phrase has since become a rallying cry for minorities who have been ignored, unheard, silenced, and spoken over.

Yet, there’s an important segment of people who have opted out of attending The Women’s Convention: the individuals who champion the cause, have the same values, and are affected by the same social barriers, but cannot afford to reclaim their time.

Deborah Podorsek, 30, is a single mom living with her 12-year-old son in Brownstown Township. She’s attending Henry Ford College part-time to complete her second associate’s degree while working for online grocery delivery service Shipt, as an independent contractor through Amazon Flex, and also as a stylist for Color Street.

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