"A few years ago, I was working at a pop culture website that I loved, but the guy who owned the publishing company was a sexist jerk. He would complain about how many women I had working on my team and was angry when we wrote about certain 'female-focused' TV shows, like Sex and the City (which he thought was awful, although Entourage was 'brilliant'). He constantly made weird comments about how 'feminine' the site sounded. Every conversation I had with the guy would turn into a heated showdown, so I would try to avoid meeting with him in person as much possible. One day, out of the blue, he sent me an email that said, 'You really must hate working for me.' And that was it. Our desks were only 10 feet apart, and he was sitting right there, so it was incredibly awkward. How does a person even respond to a message like that? When I took another job a few months later, he had the gall to try to make a counter-offer. No, thank you!"
— Elizabeth, 34