I worked at a marketing firm that was one of the Utah’s “best places” to work. 95% of upper leadership were men. Most of the creatives were women. This wasn’t the 1960s. It was 2015.

I only filed one sexual harassment complaint but the microaggressions were constant.

(2) I watched brilliant women bust their butts working crazy hours only to be told that some young dude had edged them out of a promotion. Again.

Coming from the education world, it was eerily reminiscent of those environments where men make the decisions and women do the work.
(3) My first month, I got pulled aside by my male manager after I had offered some suggestions about content planning in a meeting.

I was told he didn’t appreciate me “questioning” his authority and that I needed to stop being so aggressive.
(4) He noticed I’d been talking to other women on the team and encouraging them to speak up. And he told me to stop and that he and his boss would be “watching” me.

It was a very thinly veiled threat.
But fortunately this was not my first corporate rodeo.

So I leaned in.
(5) I looked this young dude 10-15 years my junior dead in the eye and asked him if I was a man if he’d be saying the same thing to me. He got suddenly super flustered.

He suddenly felt like a story about how his wife had been sexually harassed at work was appropriate to share.
(6) I didn’t say a word as he fumbled through the rest of the convo and I walked out of the room and went directly to HR.

But I’m certain 15-20 years earlier in my career, that convo would have gone very differently.

He was formally reprimanded and resigned a few weeks later.
(7) Watching Mad Men today is startling not because there is so much misogyny in the show but because if you have worked in marketing, you’ll realize how very little has actually changed.

The advertising industry’s #metoo movement is long overdue.

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(2) Let's start at the top. TRUMP. That sneaky grifter and his wife got secretly vaccinated in January.

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(2) Vaccination rates slowed dramatically in June, so we just edged over the finish line in some spots. About 20 states reached the goal, putting the country at 67.5% of adults partially vaccinated.

58.6% of US adults are fully vaccinated
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Fortunately, Biden's goal is just adults (18+)
And that makes a big difference. We're at 65%.
(3) BUT there is a HUGE difference from state to state and as you might expect it depends entirely on whether we're talking red or rural areas.

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In today's thread we're tackling a complicated question. Why are Dems even trying to negotiate with Republicans at this point?

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The Senate is designed to support minority rule. And that's a problem we can't fix right now.

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(2) The resolution to establish the commission passed the Dem-controlled house but it appears doomed in the Senate thanks to the filibuster.

So far Murkowski, Romney, and Collins have indicated they'd support the commmission but 10 GOP votes is doubtful.
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There must be consequences or democracy will continue to suffer.

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