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If you want Bill O'Reilly to be fired, you'll love these 14 tweets from today's protest.

Protesters gathered around Fox News' headquarters on April 18, 2017, with one clear message to send: Bill O'Reilly needs to go.

If you want Bill O'Reilly to be fired, you'll love these 14 tweets from today's protest.

1. On April 18, 2017, some pretty damning warnings began circulating outside Fox News' offices in New York City as a demonstration against Bill O'Reilly began to build.

The demonstration, organized by women's rights group UltraViolet, is a reaction to an explosive New York Times report from earlier this month in which it was revealed that about $13 million had been paid to five women throughout the years by either 21st Century Fox or O'Reilly to settle lawsuits alleging sexual assault and inappropriate workplace behavior.

O'Reilly has denied wrongdoing. Nevertheless, demands for the host's firing have reached a fever pitch in recent days.


2. Demonstrators swarmed the cable network's midtown headquarters with one clear message: Fire Bill O'Reilly.

3. The hashtag #DropOReilly became a rallying cry for both people at the protest and on Twitter to express outrage at the TV host and network.

Many demonstrators were survivors of sexual assault themselves and chose to speak up about how abuse has affected their lives.

4. Even the Women's March, the group responsible for the global anti-Trump rallies in January, threw its weight behind the protest.

5. "Real men respect women and see them as equal," one supporter chimed in.

6. As the rally unfolded, an open letter signed by 450 survivors of sexual assault began making waves online.

The open letter, organized by UltraViolet, serves as a petition to 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch, asking him to fire O'Reilly.

7. By early afternoon, the sidewalk was jammed with demonstrators.

8. Letitia James, public advocate for the City of New York, joined the chorus of folks demanding O'Reilly be fired, too.

9. And as things tend to do at protests, things got a little heated between demonstrators and some passersby.

10. The big takeaway from the afternoon was that most people really have had enough of O'Reilly getting a pass for his behavior.

11. Like, really — enough.

12. Because if a predator gets away with inexcusable behavior and is protected by his employer, what message does that send — to men and women?

13. Some Twitter users also pointed out that President Donald Trump — who was caught bragging about sexual assault during the 2016 election — has staunchly defended O'Reilly.

Which, to many people, is not a good look on either of them.

14. As the demonstration drew to a close on Tuesday, protesters had literally left their mark outside Fox News' headquarters.

Their point had been made — loud and clear.

Things likely won't be getting any easier for O'Reilly and Fox News — and the tide could be turning. Fast.

In lieu of The New York Times' report and a call to action by alarmed readers, dozens of brands have pulled their advertising from the top-rated cable news show.

As evidenced in a tweet from New York Magazine's Yashar Ali on April 6, the number of ads shown during the "The O'Reilly Factor" has dwindled significantly. It could turn into a major headache for executives thinking long-term for the network.

Tuesday afternoon, as demonstrators marched outside Fox News, sources close to the Murdoch family revealed the network could very soon be pulling the plug on O'Reilly's on-air presence.

It's looking like petitions, hashtags, and some old fashioned protesting may soon do the trick.

Note: This article may be updated as the story develops.

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When Sue Hoppin was in college, she met the man she was going to marry. "I was attending the University of Denver, and he was at the Air Force Academy," she says. "My dad had also attended the University of Denver and warned me not to date those flyboys from the Springs."

"He didn't say anything about marrying one of them," she says. And so began her life as a military spouse.

The life brings some real advantages, like opportunities to live abroad — her family got to live all around the US, Japan, and Germany — but it also comes with some downsides, like having to put your spouse's career over your own goals.

"Though we choose to marry someone in the military, we had career goals before we got married, and those didn't just disappear."

Career aspirations become more difficult to achieve, and progress comes with lots of starts and stops. After experiencing these unique challenges firsthand, Sue founded an organization to help other military spouses in similar situations.

Sue had gotten a degree in international relations because she wanted to pursue a career in diplomacy, but for fourteen years she wasn't able to make any headway — not until they moved back to the DC area. "Eighteen months later, many rejections later, it became apparent that this was going to be more challenging than I could ever imagine," she says.

Eighteen months is halfway through a typical assignment, and by then, most spouses are looking for their next assignment. "If I couldn't find a job in my own 'hometown' with multiple degrees and a great network, this didn't bode well for other military spouses," she says.

She's not wrong. Military spouses spend most of their lives moving with their partners, which means they're often far from family and other support networks. When they do find a job, they often make less than their civilian counterparts — and they're more likely to experience underemployment or unemployment. In fact, on some deployments, spouses are not even allowed to work.

Before the pandemic, military spouse unemployment was 22%. Since the pandemic, it's expected to rise to 35%.

Sue eventually found a job working at a military-focused nonprofit, and it helped her get the experience she needed to create her own dedicated military spouse program. She wrote a book and started saving up enough money to start the National Military Spouse Network (NMSN), which she founded in 2010 as the first organization of its kind.

"I founded the NMSN to help professional military spouses develop flexible careers they could perform from any location."

"Over the years, the program has expanded to include a free digital magazine, professional development events, drafting annual White Papers and organizing national and local advocacy to address the issues of most concern to the professional military spouse community," she says.

Not only was NMSN's mission important to Sue on a personal level she also saw it as part of something bigger than herself.

"Gone are the days when families can thrive on one salary. Like everyone else, most military families rely on two salaries to make ends meet. If a military spouse wants or needs to work, they should be able to," she says.

"When less than one percent of our population serves in the military," she continues, "we need to be able to not only recruit the best and the brightest but also retain them."

"We lose out as a nation when service members leave the force because their spouse is unable to find employment. We see it as a national security issue."

"The NMSN team has worked tirelessly to jumpstart the discussion and keep the challenges affecting military spouses top of mind. We have elevated the conversation to Congress and the White House," she continues. "I'm so proud of the fact that corporations, the government, and the general public are increasingly interested in the issues affecting military spouses and recognizing the employment roadblocks they unfairly have faced."

"We have collectively made other people care, and in doing so, we elevated the issues of military spouse unemployment to a national and global level," she adds. "In the process, we've also empowered military spouses to advocate for themselves and our community so that military spouse employment issues can continue to remain at the forefront."

Not only has NMSN become a sought-after leader in the military spouse employment space, but Sue has also seen the career she dreamed of materializing for herself. She was recently invited to participate in the public re-launch of Joining Forces, a White House initiative supporting military and veteran families, with First Lady Dr. Jill Biden.

She has also had two of her recommendations for practical solutions introduced into legislation just this year. She was the first in the Air Force community to show leadership the power of social media to reach both their airmen and their military families.

That is why Sue is one of Tory Burch's "Empowered Women" this year. The $5,000 donation will be going to The Madeira School, a school that Sue herself attended when she was in high school because, she says, "the lessons I learned there as a student pretty much set the tone for my personal and professional life. It's so meaningful to know that the donation will go towards making a Madeira education more accessible to those who may not otherwise be able to afford it and providing them with a life-changing opportunity."

Most military children will move one to three times during high school so having a continuous four-year experience at one high school can be an important gift. After traveling for much of her formative years, Sue attended Madeira and found herself "in an environment that fostered confidence and empowerment. As young women, we were expected to have a voice and advocate not just for ourselves, but for those around us."

To learn more about Tory Burch and Upworthy's Empowered Women program visit https://www.toryburch.com/empoweredwomen/. Nominate an inspiring woman in your community today!

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