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Hillary Clinton And 3 Tips to Simplify Complicated Harassment Situations

I supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, and I stand by that decision, but I was sad and not incredibly surprised to hear the news today about her response to a staff member’s complaint of sexual harassment in 2008. The report is that rather than move or fire the harasser, Clinton intervened with her advisors to allow the harasser to take sexual harassment classes so that he could remain her spiritual advisor. The woman who complained was moved to a different position. I see these responses to harassment all too commonly, and I understand there is some complexity to them. In my view, you always support a younger woman who is the future of your business (or campaign) over a man who i

Why feeling excluded from the March for Impeachment could be a sign your career is vulnerable to har

Tomorrow, January 20, 2018, there is a march to ask for the impeachment of a president who admitted to sexually harassing and assaulting women. I think, your voice, your presence, in this issue is valuable, and I also think making sure your voice is heard is important to making sure your career is safe from harassment. Photo by Vlad Tchompalov on Unsplash There have been many posts about inclusion related to the Women’s March in 2017 and tomorrow’s march. I knitted many pussy hats last year and passed them out to anyone who wanted one, and it was so empowering to take a traditionally feminine hobby and view it as an act of resistance. I loved it! But, there is a genuine question about whethe

5 lessons the Aziz Ansari story can teach women about power and leadership in their own careers.

Remember that story about Taylor Swift chasing an aspiring musician around her hotel room until he had to hide, afraid, in the bathroom? No? Me neither. Remember that story about Beyoncé groping people while they posed with her for photographs? No? Me neither. Remember that time Hillary Clinton confessed to assaulting people, the confession was aired on national television, and she still got elected President? No? Me neither. But, I do remember Taylor Swift getting sued (SUED!!) for talking about someone assaulting her. I do remember Beyoncé getting pushback for talking about her husband’s infidelity. I do remember decades of Hillary Clinton getting called shrill and criticized for questioni

Why you don’t want to talk about Eliza Dushku, but you should.

You guys, I don’t want to break your hearts, but it’s time to have a come to Jesus about the news this weekend. Eliza Dushku announced publicly that when she was a little girl on the movie True Lies, her stunt coordinator, Joel Kramer, molested her. My news feed is blowing up about a different story, though, and I want to take a second for us to think about why. So, this is a weird conversation to have because I don’t want to make it sound like somehow I think media attention is, or should be, a reward for victimization. In the work I’ve done with child abuse survivors, I’ve seen that media attention is often a punishment and is certainly not a reward. But, also, we live in a culture that si

What Sarah Silverman knows about responding to trolls that can help you in your business

On December 28, last year, Sarah Silverman had a brilliant exchange with a troll on her Twitter account, and you've probably seen the articles about it. I'm catching up! What can I say? I so loved her responses and the leadership they showed, that I wanted to copy them here for you so that you can read the whole beginning (there's more after this, in which people band together to get help for Jeremy). I often see questions from women entrepreneurs about how to handle trolls. Usually, the advice they have gotten is to delete the trolling comments (if possible) or ignore them. This is not bad advice, and you have no obligation to engage with a harasser - often it is a bad idea. For women who a

Could Rose McGowan sue for sexual harassment because of episodes of Charmed on Netflix? Could #youto

I am not proud to tell you I started watching Charmed earlier this year. It was just after Rose McGowan told us about Harvey Weinstein, but I had no idea she was on the show. At first, it seemed like a mix between Gilmore Girls and Buffy, which I was very excited about. But, it is not that. One thing I end up liking about it (I guess) is that it is extremely bland. I have no feelings whatsoever about most of the things that happen in the show, except every once in a while there is something so ridiculously sexist that I have to sit up and yell “Are you kidding me?!” One example of that is Season 4, Episode 3, “Hell Hath No Fury.” Which, already with that title you can tell we’re going nowher

Use Oprah’s Golden Globes acceptance speech to write your career mission statement.

On Sunday evening, I was flying home from Washington D.C., and as the plane landed in Portland, my phone was blowing up with updates about the Golden Globes. While my old roommate was very concerned about Kerry Washington’s too-robust eyelashes, most people were talking about Oprah’s speech. Since then I have seen actual Facebook fights about whether Oprah should run for President and speculation about whether her speech signaled a plan for the run. Before the speech, there had already been suggestions and speculation about Oprah running for President, but I started wondering why this particular speech signaled something to its audience – after all Oprah does not mention running for Presiden

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