10/03/2019 Peter Durantine

Speaker Says Academia Isn’t Doing Enough About Sexual Harassment

At Franklin & Marshall College’s Oct. 3 Common Hour, a weekly community conversation offered during the semester, scientist and MeTooSTEM founder BethAnn McLaughlin called for disruption of a failed system for addressing sexual harassment in science. 

“Too often in our culture, we speak a truth and it’s called ‘bullying’ and it’s called ‘bitchiness,’ and it’s called ‘being disrespectful.’ We should be disrespectful, and we should be disobedient to systems that don’t honor us and allow us to be safe,” McLaughlin said. 

McLaughlin, a neuroscientist, became an activist two years ago after she served as a witness in a Title IX case supporting her students’ experience with a serial harasser at Vanderbilt University’s School of Medicine. 

Her efforts compelled national science associations and foundations, including the National Academy of Sciences and the National Institutes of Health, to acknowledge that sexual harassment was major problem in sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics programs. 

  • Before Common Hour, MeTooSTEM founder McLaughlin met with students, faculty and staff to discuss how to change what she calls a failed system for addressing sexual harassment. Before Common Hour, MeTooSTEM founder McLaughlin met with students, faculty and staff to discuss how to change what she calls a failed system for addressing sexual harassment. Image Credit: Deb Grove
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