- - Wednesday, October 25, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Over the past two years, my perceptions of prejudice against women have been challenged by both public display and personal experience. First there was the sexism used against Hillary Clinton in her presidential run, in stark contrast to Donald Trump, who was rewarded with the presidency for his past comments about women. Now our screens are filled with the latest news of Harvey Weinstein and others who used their positions as platforms for sexual assault.

Let’s honor the strength of the countless women who endured these and similar abuses and resolve to speak out when we see it happening.

I battled end-stage liver disease for the past two years, culminating in a life-saving liver transplant this past summer. My hepatologist, anesthesiologist and transplant surgeon shared one commonality: they were all women. And they saved my life. If any one of them had folded in the face of our pervasive societal misogyny it might have meant the end of my life. Seen through this lens, it’s clear that standing up and ending sexism could be a life-or-death decision for us all.

ROB HUMRICKHOUSE

Chicago

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