High school yearbook quotes are typically funny, cliché or plain weird, but one Oak Hills High School student managed to tackle some of the bigger issues concerning society today. Caitlin Canyon, a teenage student whose yearbook quote captured the essence of the wage gap, feminism and gay rights issues in a single sentence, has been receiving high praise all across the Internet.
Rather than resorting to well-worn yearbook quotes, the 17-year-old senior wrote:
"I need feminism because I intend on marrying rich and I can't do that if my wife and I are making .75 cent for every dollar a man makes."
A photo of the quote that was taken and shared on Twitter on Tuesday has since been favorited more than 11,000 times. Cannon told The Huffington Post that she was tired of seeing well-worn quotes from popular books and movies; her intention was to highlight the very real issues that women today face.
"I've never really been ashamed to say that I am gay," she added, "so the LGBT aspect was simply who I am."
Women are paid less than men for the same job.
Cannon's quote hit home for many women in the American workforce. Today, women who work full-time earn 77 percent of what their male counterparts do, according to statistics listed by the White House.
Things aren't completely bleak, however. Some estimates indicate that the pay gap has lessened over the years, likely due to the ever-increasing voice of those fighting for gender equality.