How a negative experience can create a positive change

Women have come a long way thanks to those who had the courage to step forward

As I’ve written in past columns, I find myself naïve about some of the goings-on in the world today—particularly as it relates to breaking the law.

In my editor’s letter last November, I talked about three incidents I had recently encountered that I found shocking: my 16-year-old niece being denied overtime pay at a large fast-food chain; a disabled lawyer who was too ashamed to sue her hair salon for not complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act because she didn’t want to be labeled a “bad disabled person”; and allegations of appalling sexual harassment that had taken place at the Tribune Co.


Cathleen Flahardy

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