A Look At What Female Political Candidates Endure Online

It was truly an honor to speak with former candidate for Minnesota senate Sara Flick.

I’ve long dubbed her the funniest person on Twitter because I enjoy her tweets so much. The dry and sarcastic humor sends me. When I realized that she too has run for political office, I wondered if her story compared to Mayor Kim Norton’s at all – and in some ways, it did.

Namely, both women have experienced abuse online.

I have to say, while politicians are definitely fair game when it comes to criticism, it’s NOT okay to be an outright bully, send threats, and become derogatory. If you’re doing this, STOP. There’s a wider vocabulary out there to use.

Sara was kind enough to spend some time with me and share her experience and speak more to how a politician uses their social media platform. Take a listen to the newest episode of Very Vogue with Val Kleinhans below!

At the end of the day, using social media is all about building community – regardless of what you’re using it for. In case you missed the episode with Mayor Kim Norton, check that one out below to see how their stories compare.

Ladies, keep doing your thing! We need you.

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