Clocking In To Harassment

In our evolving society, woman continue to face trials and tribulations in the workplace. According to a recent study done by the UN, women who work in the ‘labor force’ must work 2.6 times harder then their male counterparts.

With the #MeToo movement gaining attention, sexual harassment has become a topic of conversation many people try to avoid.

According to a survey done by Stop Street Harassment, 38 percent of woman have dealt with sexual harassment in the workplace, compared to 13 percent of men who said they have faced some form of sexual harassment at work.

Every day, more women continue to speak their minds and voice their opinions. But for older generations, that was not the case.

Take Norma, 54, an accountant, who, when faced with harassment, made the decision to step away and avoid the situation.

“I’m 54 years old,” Norma said. “Our generation generally didn’t speak about it. Just recently there’s more talk about accusations and the people are the ones who shine a light on the issue.”

Norma reflected on how her generation dealt with harassment stating, “Before, if it happened to you or your friend you wouldn’t talk about it to avoid embarrassment.”

There is a cultural shift when it comes to harassment: young women who work in New York as nannies, hostess, bartenders, actresses and students who make this city run, find themselves being harassed by coworkers, customers and men of power.

Take Suzie, for example, a young vibrant woman who faces harassment to this day, “The managers would frequently feel comfortable to comment on my body and what I was wearing and how it may extenuate my curves,” When asked if she took the steps to report her manager, Suzie stated, “ I never reported because I didn’t want to cause or stir anything up.”

She, like many other victims didn’t want to cause any form of hostility within their workplace.

Nevertheless, recent generations are learning from those who continue to speak out and use their voices to bring justice and solidarity within the comfort of their city.

Lenette and Camilla, actresses who work in New York, are a prime example of what the future holds. Young women no longer live in fear of speaking out against the injustices occurring in the workplace, refusing to clock in to harassment.

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