Women in politics have to deal with a lot of garbage.
The abuse, often arriving via email and social media interactions, defies party lines and gender. Recipients are simultaneously horrified by it and resigned to it. Women going into politics know sexism is the cost of admission, but it’s still a steep price to pay.
“You have to be pretty strong,” said former state Rep. Michelle Litjens, a Republican who represented the Neenah area from 2011 to 2013. “I think more strong than a man, because I don’t think they go after men’s children like they do for a woman.”