Eddie Bernice Johnson Intros Bill to Address #MeToo Issues in Science
Science has a sexual harassment problem. The academic workplace has the second-highest rate of sexual harassment, with 58% of women in academia experiencing sexual harassment compared to the military, private sector, and government, according to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Data shows that women of color are even more likely to experience sexual harassment and to feel unsafe at work. And the issue takes an economic and emotional toll on female researchers and, can sometimes, stifle their scientific contributions. To help address the issue, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) introduced the Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act. The bill would expand research efforts to better understand the causes and consequences of sexual harassment affecting individuals in the scientific, technical, engineering, and mathematics workforce, including students and trainees, and to examine policies to reduce the prevalence and negative impact of such harassment. The bill would also direct additional research into policies focused on reducing the prevalence and negative impact of such harassment. “This behavior undermines career advancement for women in critical STEM fields, and many women report leaving promising careers in academic research due to sexual harassment,” said Johnson, the Ranking Member of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. “It is vital that grantees, as stewards of Federal money, take seriously their responsibility to foster a healthy working environment as they train the next generation of scientists.” More here.