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Julia has worked at her company for thirty-five years and keeps getting turned down for a promotion. She speaks to her boss about the problem.
Walt Disney didn't create Mickey Mouse. Ub Iwerks did. I always wonder if he never got the credit because he was shy like Disney claimed, or if it was because he sounded too foreign. Claudette Colvin was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white woman nine months before Rosa Parks did the exact same thing. I think the problem there was that she was a teenager and also that she got pregnant out of wedlock. But recognition isn't something that's allotted fairly, is it? No one expects to be remembered for keeping their head down and doing good work quietly and consistently for thirty-five years, but it seems like you can't even be remembered for doing something outstanding unless you've got the right look. Or connections. Or the passing approval of a capricious manager.
I'm not saying I'm as important as someone who kicked off the Civil Rights Movement. But I'm also not asking to be immortalized in history books. I'm asking for a very reasonable promotion that I have earned through my hard work here. You can say no again and I can leave-for good this time. That's not a problem for me-at least I'll be in good company.