Dr. Wendy Walsh Discusses The Impact Of #MeToo On Workplaces


#MeToo

The recent #MeToo movement has impacted countless aspects of life, but one that it has impacted the most is workplace interactions.  

With a stronger focus and awareness of what is considered appropriate and acceptable behavior between people, whether between superiors and inferiors or between peers, many workplaces have felt the impact of the #MeToo movement, some more than others.

NBC News asked people to tell their story of the impact of the #MeToo movement on their workplace.

A 43-year-old male that works in manufacturing in Keene, N.H. said:

"I minimize my interaction with women now and under no circumstances will I be in a room alone with a woman again. … We have all been told by our corporate office to not have a man and a woman alone in any room, whether it is an office or a conference room. If a man and a woman have to have a conversation behind closed doors, we are now required to have a third person present, with a fourth being preferred."

A 32-year-old female that works in the tech startup industry in the San Francisco Bay Area said:

"I am a woman and #MeToo has screwed me. In Silicon Valley it is really hard to get time with VCs [venture capitalists], so you do whatever it takes. A lot of time that would be meeting them at a bar in the evening. … It is good networking and that is how I got my initial seed funding. But now no one wants to meet with a woman under 40. Even in the office they won’t be alone with you. I am a big girl and don’t need this patriarchal assumption that anything might upset me and make me bring a lawsuit."

A 58-year-old female that works in education said:

"I was denied a promotion. Before #MeToo, I probably would not have put up a fight. This time I did. The movement has given me the courage to stand up for myself and for other women. It has also made me very conscious of how I treat other people, both men and women."

Read the full story at NBC News


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