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#MeToo Immunity - "Time's Up" for Politics?

By Kate Blumenthal

 

It has been almost 100 years since women were granted the right to vote, and politics is still a place full of obstacles for women.  “MeToo” has grown since 2006 and gained more traction and publicity over the last couple years to unite women towards a common goal that transcends race, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic status, education, and political affiliation to “support survivors and end sexual violence.” This movement has become a force for social change with outstanding results across many industries, but has it hit a brick wall when it comes to politics?

It has long been an open secret in many industries that people in positions of power have preyed on those in lower positions. According to Vox.com, 252 celebrities, politicians, CEOs, and others have been accused of sexual misconduct since April 2017. 74% of Americans that believe sexual assault or domestic abuse allegations should prevent a person from being in a position of power...(read more)

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7/18/2018 - Laurel Beckett (in response to Microaggressions: Evidence of Barriers to Having It All – Individuality, Identity and Equality)

One of my colleagues in TX, a math professor who just retired, Dr. Sue Geller, has published a lovely set of skits based on real micro-inequity experiences of women in mathematics. (I’m actually represented in a couple! Certainly experienced enough of this over the years.) A new set was performed each year for a while at the national math meetings, to try to raise the awareness of some of the perpetrators. Amusingly, one of the people portrayed as a particular culprit was overheard to dismiss such things as fiction, would never happen that way. You can find Sue’s set of scripts with introductions here: http://www.math.tamu.edu/~geller/skits.pdf

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