Shannon, I am really grateful that your wrote and shared your story. As you well know, men will not only treat us like crap as employees, but they will come to this platform to comment, get defensive, and mansplain to us our own experiences (I recently wrote about being a female in the tech industry and while I’m grateful that most of the conversation was thoughtful and also encouraging, I am honestly astounded at how many men commented only to give me instructions on how to improve or to accuse me of “playing the victim” and “blaming society” for my lack of opportunities in STEM…insert the world’s largest eye roll here). Anyway, I am here to say that 1) you are absolutely correct, 2) I believe and support you, and 3) it is so important that we continue to share these stories. We have a lot of sh%* working against us out there, but we will keep fighting. Thanks again for your words.

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BA, MATC. Technical and business writer, adjunct instructor, usability nerd, extroverted-introvert, occasional poet, autodidact, Idaho native. @rachaelrenk.

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