Help end rampant sexual harassment in STEM
Did you know 58% of Americans working in academic research report being sexually harassed? Sexual harassment in academic settings is so pervasive that it’s now ranked second behind only the U.S. military.
Students didn’t work their asses off through school just to be pushed out by predators. Email your lawmakers today about federal bill H.R. 36 — the Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act of 2019.
Science programs and research labs in particular have long been cited as breeding grounds for toxic gender discrimination and harassment. And for women of color, the discrimination has been found to be much worse, causing an unsafe work environment that can lead them to abandon their field and passion all together.
H.R. 36 calls on the National Science Foundation to fund research about the consequences of, and the contributors to, sexual harassment in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) fields. It also calls on the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to create a working group to lead efforts to combat sexual harassment and gender discrimination.
Women already face too many barriers to getting jobs in STEM. Rampant sexual harassment should not be one of them. It’s time our legislators and federal agencies did something about it.
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