Being a woman in a job that is largely male-based, such as being a senator in Congress, is not an easy task. Senators Elizabeth Warren, Mazie Hirono, Claire McCaskill, and Heidi Heitkamp have first hand experience in dealing with men in positions of power. But they have not been deterred from being successful and gaining their own power.
A new video from Meet the Press shows the four female senators, who are seen as some of the strongest and most will-driven, sharing their #MeToo stories about workplace harassment. As Mashable put it: “It doesn’t matter who you are or what industry you’re in, sexual harassment is everywhere.”
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) October 20, 2017
In the wake of sexual harassment stories about big-time movie directors and other men in Hollywood, women have used the hashtag #MeToo to talk about the taboo topic of workplace harassment, and to publicize how rampant and disregarded it is.
If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet. pic.twitter.com/k2oeCiUf9n
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) October 15, 2017
Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts told her story, which is very shocking and chilling. She recalls being a young law professor being asked by a senior faculty member to stop in to his office. What she was expecting to be a professional meeting between two coworkers turned into a frenzy. He threw himself at her when she entered his office and chased her around the desk as she tried to get away from him. When she managed to escape through the door, Warren said she went straight to her office and thought about what she just experienced. Warren admitted “for a long time…I wore a lot of brown.”
Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri shared her story as well. She reassured victims that they should not doubt their validity or second guess their emotions. She said, “You don’t have to have perfect judgement to be a victim of a crime.”
Similarly, Senator Heidi Heitkamp from North Dakota said, “If you feel diminished, that probably was the intent. So don’t think you’re overreacting.” Possible steps for a solution include solidarity on all fronts: “we have to stick together but it can’t just be a movement of women. It has to be a cultural movement.”
— Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) October 20, 2017
Hopefully the spread of #MeToo and the continued spread of sexual harassment experiences spread awareness and bring about ways to solve this epidemic.