LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ Female lawmakers and city council members say those who take stands on controversial issues have endured an unprecedented barrage of public harassment in Nebraska, including vulgar name-calling and pornographic emails.
But most are adamant that they will continue to speak up despite the harassment.
The women have been criticized on business signs, told women don’t belong in government, told they’re not intelligent and have received notes calling them vulgar names.
Lincoln City Council member Leirion Gaylor Baird says the backlash she received after introducing a gun-related city ordinance was more aggressive than ever before. She contends much of the harassment stems from a shift in traditional gender roles and power dynamics.
The women have called out the harassment during legislative debate, on social media and at press conferences.