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.