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Women Are Sharing Stories Of Being Belittled At Work After This Female Pilot Was Called A "Stewardess" By A Republican Senator

Recently, an unfortunate exchange between Minnesota Republican Sen. Gene Dornink and Delta pilot Laura Haynor went viral.

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During an amendment hearing on the state's sick and safe time law, Haynor introduced herself as a "Minnesota resident and a Minneapolis-based pilot for Delta Airlines."

Haynor, in a pilot uniform, speaking at a podium with a nameplate that reads, "Laura Haynor, Air Line Pilots Association International"
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Four seconds after Haynor shared her professional title, Dornink asked, "Can you tell me what a typical week, uh, workweek looks like for you as a stewardess?"

Dornink speaking into a microphone
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Several murmurs can immediately be heard from the crowd as Dornink is reminded by onlookers that Haynor is a pilot. He laughs, seemingly not understanding that he's been corrected, before Haynor says, "I'm a first officer for Delta." At which point the senator throws his hands up and apologizes, claiming, "I don't know why I said that."

Dornink seated behind microphones in a hearing, gesturing
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The expression on Haynor's face says enough:

Haynor, in pilot's uniform with insignia, smiling slightly
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Video of the incident was shared on X, formerly known as Twitter, where it quickly garnered over 7.2 million views and a flood of comments from women in particular who could relate to having one's profession and accomplishments snubbed by men. Here are some of the most liked reactions on the platform:

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It's clear that though small progress has been made, women in professional careers are still largely belittled. If you've ever personally experienced something like this, we'd love to hear from you. Please share your story in the comments below.