When companies fail to advocate for women, women need to learn to advocate for themselves. Nowhere is this more evident than in the case of sexual harassment, where victims often find themselves ridiculed, brushed aside, and stigmatized rather than vindicated. To insure against this unjust result, Gretchen Carlson recommends that women come prepared with a plan of action that includes documentation, legal advice, witnesses, and a knowledge of state laws on recording conversations.
- [Presenter] Anyone who experiences harassment … in the workplace has to have a plan. … In my book Be Fierce, … I have a 12-point plan for people, chapter four. … You should just tear it right out of the book … and put it in your back pocket. … Because here is what happens to most women: … they don't have a plan. … Women are socialized to work harder to get past things, … we're socialized to always be nice, … not to raise any concerns or complain, … and so if we're being harassed in the workplace, … we think if we only work harder … and we show the person how smart we are, … we'll get past this. … And so we continue to beat our head … against the brick wall, and guess what: … the situation will never change, … 'cause most likely, the predator is never … going to finally see you for who you are, … until one day, that particular woman … has finally had enough and she goes to complain, … and here's the problem: she doesn't have a plan. … And then you can't put the genie back in the bottle. …
This course includes videos from:
Sallie Krawcheck, CEO and cofounder of Ellevest, an investing platform for women
Valerie Purdie Greenaway, social psychologist at Columbia University
Gretchen Carlson, TV commentator, journalist, author, Ted Talk alum, and female empowerment advocate
Claire Shipman, TV journalist and author of The Confidence Code
Halla Tómasdóttir, Icelandic businesswoman, politician, and speaker
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