This one time? 

At band camp, I had to fight to be treated equally. Never mind the fact that I was the best at what I did and had serious company loyalty.  There were still those that fought against me. 

Now, I understand they were looking out for themselves. That’s fine. They also respected me enough to tell me I was getting screwed. A few of those “good old boys” actually left the company because I was getting screwed and they had the audacity to tell me realizing that may cost them their jobs. They left prior to that hoping I might initiate some kind of change. 

That’s what I did when I quit without notice after 13 years. That’s what I did after years of being told to sit down and shut up. That’s what I did after years of being told how lucky I was to be a woman in my position.

That’s what I did. I decided looking myself in the mirror was far more important than my paycheck. I decided not to be an excuse as to why “we aren’t sexist”. 

I let loose in my exit interview and four years prior but the writing was on the wall. Stand up for yourself and each other. Even if justice comes at your own expense, that’s something to be proud of. You’ll find something else–where your beliefs are an asset and not a liability. 

She said as a former finance manager and then tip toed away. 

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