A New York Times analysis has found that, since the publishing of the initial exposé about Harvey Weinstein (followed days later by a New Yorker investigation), at least 200 prominent men have lost their jobs after public allegations of sexual harassment. At least 920 people were reportedly subjected to sexual misconduct by someone on the list. And nearly half of the men who have been replaced were succeeded by women.
As the film industry, however unevenly, seeks to push out notorious bullies like Harvey Weinstein, Hollywood’s most powerful members should try to do the opposite, opening doors wherever they can. Saying things like, “There are not a lot of female directors period, and even less who are inclined to do horror” as producer Jason Blum recently said of why he's never worked with a female filmmaker, doesn't help.
Some argue simply that the prizes tend to recognize work from an era when the representation of women and non-Western researchers in science was even lower than it is today. But studies repeatedly show that systemic biases remain in the sciences, and the slow pace of progress was especially evident in 2017, when there were no female laureates for the second year in a row.
Of the nearly 90 women who turned up for pre-selection, 37 progressed to the three-day try out. Modelled after special forces selection, the women were challenged with various endurance and team building trials, such as packing up a 200-pound (90kg) tent, dragging it up a mountain with their legs tied together, and then reassembling it. Only three women dropped out – an astonishing rate, considering that the majority of male ranger recruits typically quit in the first days of try-outs.
By normalizing the images of working pregnant women, we can perhaps get to the thornier issue of why so many women still fear and face workplace discrimination. If we want to truly give women equal footing in the workplace, we need to address what is a vulnerable time for so many women and the ramifications that often last long after the baby is born.
Girls have been told they can be anything they want to be, and it shows. They are seizing opportunities closed to previous generations — in science, math, sports and leadership. Boys seem to have been largely left out of the conversation about gender equality. Even as girls’ options have opened up, boys’ lives are still constricted by traditional gender norms: being strong, athletic and stoic.