I had an insane dream last night about going back into retail, where I spent two years selling cosmetics, first on the floor and then as an assistant buyer, between college and law school.

I woke up thinking about the ladies behind the Lancome counter who earned $11,000 a year.
That was 1992 at a company that was eventually bought by Macy's. There were ladies in their 50s standing all day on hard marble floors for pennies.

I got promoted off the floor because I had a college degree.
My starting AB salary was $28,500. I felt RICH and LUCKY, because my 21 year old legs couldn't take those floors in heels any more.

Not much has changed since then. $7.50 an hour, 40 hours a week, 50 weeks a year is $15,000.

Think about who's serving you and how hard they work.
Think about the maskless idiots they have to confront daily.

Raise the minimum fucking wage.

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8 Apr
Learned yesterday that we have A LOT of parents of trans kids in the #ResistanceLive community-- many many more than I knew.

We also have a number of trans followers, including one who yesterday said "As a trans person, WE NEED YOU (cis allies)" right now.
If you have not yet educated yourself on the status of trans rights legislation in your state, & particularly on efforts to deny healthcare to trans kids, I URGE you to get familiar and get involved.

Lives are on the line. Repubs are willing to torture children to score points.
I ask you to imagine the child, who only wants so desperately to be themselves, being pushed by their state toward suicide because they can't get the help they need and deserve.

Just because the Repubs want to give their base an issue to deflect from their failings.
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This thread makes so much clear to me.

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It is simply ok to say "I've had enough of this," and decide to get sober.

I do not identify as an alcoholic. But did I continue drinking despite negative consequences? Hell yes I did. (Sitting here thinking about people I should not have slept with for starters.)
And let's be honest: I know A LOT of women for whom this is/was the case.

The good news is that I know more and more women every day who have recently gotten sober.

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My deepest condolences to her family and all who knew her.
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She was just so easygoing and kind.

Twitter is so weird. We never met in real life, but we were sending each other professional support, interviews, references, etc.

I don't know what to say.

I just don't. Her poor family.
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Also: clickbait and disinfo. Know it when you see it.
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