Sally Lieber, my new internet friend

21 Oct

I’ve admired Sally Lieber ever since she came to speak in my Women in Politics class last semester. She spent time in junior high trying to dress more like Gloria Steinem, she got interested in politics while listening to the radio as she worked construction jobs, and she once spent time living as if she were homeless to gain an understanding of the homeless experience so she could write and advocate for the best possible policy. What’s not to admire?

A few weeks ago I retweeted a Sac Bee editorial Lieber had tweeted about releasing non-violent female inmates from California prisons, putting them into “alternative custody” in their homes instead. It’s a really interesting idea to me. In fact, it was the subject of the first cost-benefit analysis memo assignment I ever did in my undergrad years. (It’s even more interesting to see its success — or lack there0f — now that it’s in place, but that’s a different post).

I sent a little tweet to Lieber to thank her for highlighting the article, and lo and behold, she replied to me:






And moments later I got a notice she’d started following me on Twitter.

I know it’s just good form to reply to tweets and follow people who follow you when you’re maintaining  a professional Twitter account. Nevertheless, it put a spring in my step for the rest of the day.

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