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They gave her crude nicknames
like "Honey Badger" and "Hottest Member of the Senate," and everything in between.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is just about to release her new book Off the Sidelines
, and in it, she addresses these sexist comments and more made by her fellow colleagues.
They made comments about her while she was at the congressional gym. “Good thing you’re working out because you wouldn’t want to get porky."
Then another followed up when she had lost weight following pregnancy. “Don’t lose too much weight now, I like my girls chubby.”
And maybe the most heartbreaking of them all, from a southern congressman: “You know, Kirsten, you’re even pretty when you’re fat.”
Fortunately, the senator has remained strong
despite the demeaning comments.
"It was all statements that were being made by men who were well into their 60s, 70s or 80s," she said. "They had no clue that those are inappropriate things to say to a pregnant woman or a woman who just had a baby or to women in general."
She's actually channeling her experiences more positively into addressing serious sexual assault problems on college campuses and in the military. In the book, she sends out a call to other women to “speak up, gather strength” and “support one another.”
She's proud of the work she's done despite congressional gridlock.
“If I can work an issue like sexual assault on college campuses and drive a national narrative and know I’m making a difference. Then whether or not we pass another bill in Congress, there’s still good things I can do.”
This senator seems like a super cool lady that I respect for how she has handled herself despite these comments. I'm glad she has taken these experiences and used them to make a change. This is the kind of thing feminism should be doing, and I'm glad to see her representing women in America.
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