According to the New York Times, Yates had written a letter to lawyers in the Justice Department on Monday advising them not to defend Trump’s executive order. “At present, I am not convinced that the defense of the executive order is consistent with these responsibilities, nor am I convinced that the executive order is lawful,” she wrote.
Seeing a woman stand up to Trump so fearlessly ― despite the fact that she would certainly be fired for doing so ― struck a major chord for many of the women watching.
By late Monday night and into Tuesday morning, the hashtags #ThankYouSally, #ThankYouSallyYates and #SallyYates were trending on Twitter, with women acknowledging the audacity it took for Yates to take such a powerful stance, and lose her job in the process.
Yates’ heroic move serves as an important reminder to feminists everywhere: human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights.
Check out some of the best tweets below.