Come and join the Mecklenburg County Women’s Advisory Board on August 19th at 6:30 pm as we discuss Empowering Women in the Workplace and on College Campus.
- Time: Reception 5:30pm-6:30pm, Program: 6:30pm-8:00pm
- Location: Johnson C. Smith, The New Science Building, 100 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte, NC 28216
Our mission is to promote the critical and emerging needs of women in Mecklenburg County through education and service.
One of the topics we will discuss during this forum is sexual harrassment in the work place.
According to Edison Research:
“Twenty-one percent of Americans say they have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace: 27% of women and 14% of men say they have experienced sexual harassment at work. Among the 24% of Americans working in the gig economy, 30% of them say they have experienced sexual harassment at work. These are some of the many findings from the recently released Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: #metoo, Women, Men, and the Gig Economy report from the Marketplace-Edison Research Poll.”
Other findings from the Edison Research:
- Among those who have experienced sexual harassment at work, 50% of women and 64% of men agree that the harassment in the workplace hurt their career.
- Fifty-two percent of those who have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace say they made a job change because of the harassment. Forty-six percent of women and 64% of men agree they changed jobs because of sexual harassment at work.
- Only 25% of women who experienced sexual harassment in the workplace strongly agree they could report an incident to their employers without fear. Forty-one percent of men who experienced sexual harassment in the workplace strongly agree they could report an incident to their employers without fear.
- Of those who have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, women are less likely than men to strongly agree that the incident was handled properly by their employer. Only 30% of women and 53% of men strongly agree that their employer handled the incident properly.
- Those in rural areas are more likely to have experienced incidents of sexual harassment at work than those in other areas. Twenty-six percent of those in rural areas, compared to 21% in urban and 18% in suburban areas, have been sexually harassed at work.
Information taken from: https://www.edisonresearch.com/sexualharassmentworkplace/
- Mary Curtis, Award-winning columnist, writer, speaker and editor
This year’s speakers are:
- Angela Wright-Shannon, Senior facilitator with the OpEd Project
- Meg Maloney, Maloney Law & Associates, PLLC
- Dr. Yolonda Holmes, Women’s Advisory Board
- Stephanie Carson, Carolina Public Press
- Andrea Renee Downs, Project Coordinator of Airing out the “Dirty” Laundry
It is our intent and goal not only to raise awareness of the various issues facing women in the work place with the promotion of this event but to also provide useful information and tools to empower them.
For further information, contact Zhivi Williams, Chair, Mecklenburg County Women’s Advisory Board, at email@example.com, 704-281-9251.