100 Female Attorneys Give Ultimatum in Oklahoma

They're going to the capital to demand a resolution to teacher strike
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2018 3:21 PM CDT
A band made up of music teachers and band members from across the state play outside the state Capitol for protestors on the fifth day of protests over school funding, in Oklahoma City, Friday, April...   (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
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(Newser) – As lawmakers in Oklahoma scramble to find a solution to the state's teacher strike, a female adoption lawyer has fired off a gone-viral warning to them: "I, along with 100 female attorneys, will be coming to see you Monday," writes Becki Murphy in a Facebook post. She says the group is offering to help lawmakers come up with a solution but makes clear there will be repercussions without one. "And you will do it, or you have my word.... one of the 100 women by my side will file for your seat.... and we will do it for you." By Friday afternoon, the post had been shared nearly 10,000 times and liked even more often. "We will be the women in black," the post ends. "You will see us coming."

  • Why the letter? Murphy tells the Tulsa World that she became angry after hearing language from lawmakers about teachers she thought sounded derogatory. Plus, she has two kids who attend public schools. "I just had it," she tells the newspaper. "I asked myself, 'Can we get a bunch of women out there and see if we can fill this gap?'"

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