Somewhere close to half of all voters will cast a ballot for the nation’s first female president.Many of the rest will choose the most misogynistic presidential candidate in modern American history.Readers barely into their teens told us about demeaning comments, inappropriate behavior, and sexual assault by their superiors.A woman in her 60s said she'd endured harassment for more than half her life. These things happened to lawyers and construction workers, waitresses and doctors, people in tech and people in HR.One day, as I was climbing a ladder to put up some signage, a manager approached me and said "I could watch you go up and and down that ladder all day. " He made comments like that to me on a regular basis.I was only in high school at the time, so it took me awhile, but I finally reported it and he was fired.
And the time a colleague asked me to stay late to finish something, just to find out his true intention was to try to take me to dinner despite both of us being married.
What Trump has helped make stark and clear is that beyond the rampant harassment of women online, this quiet and pretty damn widespread thing has been happening IRL for a very long time."He would stand in the doorway, so there was no way for me to get past him without physical contact no matter how I tried or asked him to move."As we wrote in our call for stories, borrowing from the Silicon Valley ethos of letting information be free, WIRED believes shining a light on a festering topic like this can go a long way toward ensuring that the future for women is an optimistic one. "I think this is one of the greatest uses of the internet.
I’m grateful for Twitter, as a platform, to get everyone out and talking.
"Honestly, I think we've all talked about these things in private," she says.
"Trump just took the conversation to a place where everyone heard it and could discuss on Twitter.