Being Silenced in America

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As of late, the nomination and swearing in for Jeff Sessions as the Attorney General of the United States has caused an uproar with many powerful woman including  Elizabeth Warren.

You don’t have to be a Senator like Elizabeth Warren to know what it feels like to be silenced. Women face this barrier in the workplace each day, going a little something like this: being ignored during a meeting, interrupted while speaking, and criticized for being too emotional. There seems to be a pattern with the way this sexism has become the norm and it’s getting worse as young girls try to internalize this at a young age.

Nevertheless, Elizabeth Warren is a Senator who displays vigorous confidence and poise as she faces powerful male colleagues eager to beat her down. However, when Senator Mitch McConnell interrupted, silenced, and told her to sit down as she was trying to read Coretta Scott King’s letter on the Senate floor, this struck a powerful chord amongst all silenced people in America. “Nevertheless, she persisted,” were the words of Sen. McConnell during the interruption of her reading, that eventually became an anthem for all women who’ve been told to be quiet.

Just as Sen. Warren was silenced, another powerful woman in history, Rosa Parks, stood up for what she believed in. These two women took action and although they may have been shut down, they didn’t shut up, they spoke up.

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