Thought y'all might appreciate the letter I just submitted to my local paper:
As a field archaeologist, I am usually in the market for a new pair of work boots every year or two. As a woman, I am familiar with the feeling of walking out of sporting goods and outdoor stores empty-handed and frustrated, because almost no one carries heavy duty work boots in women's sizes. I am often forced to settle for hiking boots, which cost about the same, but are not really up to the task. Apparently the perception that women do not do jobs involving manual labor or rugged terrain is still with us. Hi, people! We exist! There are, in fact, lots of us! And we like our feet protected. So I just wanted to give a shout out to Swain's General Store for carrying a range of work boots in women's sizes, including at least two brands with a safety toe. Oh, and they also carry women's Carhartts. Thanks for being awesome, Swain's!
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