Harvey Weinstein – Is this a wakeup call for other industries too!
For the last week we have been waking up to daily horror stories about the abuse of position which lead to alleged sexual assaults and worse, by Movie Mogul Harvey Weinstein. Whether you have followed the whole story or just seen snippets, you will be aware of the severity of the case which is truly shocking! But should we not be looking closer to home and consider what happens in many other industries too!
The fact is this is not a new culture, for years women have been made to feel that if they treat men in senior positions a little nicer, they will finally be treated as equals by their male colleagues! It’s shameful, but unfortunately that doesn’t make it any less true, and whilst things are changing, it’s not quick enough!
By no means are we saying it is all as serious and horrific as the allegations made in Hollywood, but even a small amount of sexual intimidation is totally unacceptable! Often the female involved is too afraid to speak out, and fears it will have repercussions on her position, earned promotions may suddenly go elsewhere and they may stop being invited to important meetings, and are no longer involved in day to day decisions.
The fact is we are all equals, colleagues and fellow workers; our sex should never be part of the equation, just our ability to do our jobs and to do them well. Hopefully for our daughters this will always be the case and not just sometimes!