Editors' pick: Originally published Nov. 10.
So it would be wise to begin considering what President Donald J. Trump's power, influence and attitudes will mean to the 53 million women in the United States who go to work each day.
Notwithstanding Ivanka Trump's ill-considered assurance that her father has "total respect for women," women in the workplace have plenty of reasons to anticipate that things will get worse for them after Trump takes office.
There is, for starters, the copycat effect of the misogynistic and bullying statements he's made.
Even before Election Day, Trump's supporters gleefully Tweeted and posted on blogs various combinations of "Hillary" and the C-word. That should have come as no surprise, I suppose, from fans of a guy who called Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly a bimbo and mused that she must have had "blood coming out of her wherever" because she had asked him at a presidential debate to account for the repugnant things he'd said about women.
We women really did know before all this that some men harbored a resentment that tended to rise in correlation to the measure of our success, whether we were kicking ass running the family farm or running a Fortune 500 company. What many of us hadn't caught on to was how pervasive and deep-seated it still was in the 21st century.