I'm working on a project dealing with issues faced by women in the workplace.
Stories the women I talked to told me range from outright abuse and harassment to a grey zone, slight micro aggressions that can leave you doubting yourself, questioning your own sensitivity and self-confidence - even your own sanity - while at the same time slowly sinking under an accumulation of gentle and yet not so gentle slights. For women of color, the situation is even more complicated.
I hear their words, these are old stories told by different voices, but still the script is the same, a steady chorus unchanged through time.
Some women thrive despite, and perhaps even because, of the hardships they faced. Most don't. Some leave, some stay out of necessity, fear, habit...hidden.
I hear of Kavanaugh, of so many others, tonight, even of Harvey Weinstein, negotiating their way with absolute impunity. The extent of the privilege of these men is frightening.
As a woman having dealt with these issues myself, with these levels of impunity for some, I know we women, all of us, must speak up.
As a woman having dealt with these issues myself, with these levels of impunity for some, I know we women, too many of us, won't.