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Letter to the Editor: This 50 Percent Must Stand Up

Today is an incredibly sad day for the United States. A man who is clearly a misogynist has won the presidency. A man who openly judges women based on looks, and makes no apologies for it. A man who demeans women. A man who fondles and attempts to kiss women, using his power to create a hostile environment for women. And brags about it.

A man who makes fun of the disabled. A man who promotes stereotypes about minorities. A man who does not believe our environment, our world, the very future of mankind, is threatened by our polluting actions.

An unsuccessful businessman without values, who filed bankruptcy four times, and intentionally didn’t pay his debts, hiding behind “the law.” A man who doesn’t pay taxes, while working poor struggle to make ends meet every day while they pay their taxes. A man without morals, or strong faith life. He is his own god.

A man who changed political parties when it became convenient. A man who encourages violence among his supporters.

A man who is unsuccessful in personal relationships, evidenced by three wives. A man who wants to restrict immigration, but finds it acceptable that two of his three wives were immigrants.

A man I am ashamed to have to speak to my daughter about, as she called from college, crying, asking how this could happen in America. A man my sons cannot respect nor honor, and whom I must ensure they not admire nor mimic. A man I will be ashamed of as I travel abroad.

Clearly, for so many women and minorities to vote for this man, something is very wrong with our country. As women, we need to take action. Our country cannot take 10 steps backward in equality. We must engage in dialogue with the women who voted for Trump, find out what the real issues are that caused them to vote for a misogynist, and work together to change them.

As a female corporate executive in a STEM occupation, I am a true minority. Rising from poverty to a C-level position in a Fortune 500 company, I have seen a lot, and withstood discrimination since beginning work in the mid-1980s. In recent years, I can honestly say the problem of discrimination had been getting better. The corporate environment of many companies not only has eliminated discrimination, but embraced diversity as a strength. Equal pay and gender diversity in the C Suite and in boardrooms remain a challenge, but I have truly seen positive change in my 30 years.

We now face a cliff – one where all the gains our country has made in tolerance, cooperation and acceptance can be quickly reversed by someone who does not share the values of 50 percent of Americans. This 50 percent needs to stand up.

D. Brown

Sturgeon Bay, Wis.

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