I started out as a receptionist. I typed, I filed, I answered the phones for a little nine-person company.
When you challenge other people's ideas of who or how you should be, they may try to diminish and disgrace you. It can happen in small ways in hidden places, or in big ways on a world stage. You can spend a lifetime resenting the tests, angry about the slights and the injustices. Or, you can rise above it.
People who don't fit the mold are treated differently than those who do.
I lost my job in the most public way possible, and the press had a field day with it all over the world. And guess what? I'm still here.