And not you personally — I don’t know you off Medium, but I know many who remain silent, thinking…
Leslie Loftis

Thank you for the welcome, Leslie (and for reading and responding). For me, an integral part of speaking up and sharing my beliefs is — first and foremost — listening. I can’t respond to somebody who disagrees (or even agrees) with me in a thoughtful or productive way unless I really hear and understand what they are saying first. I don’t react well to the “shut up and root for the home team” mentality/response either. That is the epitome of the dismissiveness that I was referencing in the post. Thank you for hearing me. I started following Iron Ladies and look forward to hearing your perspective and voice.

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