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Strength In Numbers – Sexual Harassment Is Not Okay

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Strength In Numbers – Sexual Harassment Is Not Okay

The academic field of science has witnessed only minimal input from females. While so many factors can be responsible for this, it is sad to know that sexual and racial harassment plays a huge role in this regard. Unfortunately, it is not only limiting ground breaking research in science, but also it has permeated all ranks of society. It is not entirely easy for the male, but it is a tougher endeavour for female and it seems more like the proverbial camel passing through the needle’s eye. This has however gone on for too long and has become a modus operandi for the selfish, greedy “men” at the top, who believe they have to prey on others susceptible to them, because these people see them as launch pads to climb to the top in their career paths.

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Sexual Misconduct- A Systemic Decay

The prevalence of sexual misconduct in our industries is a systemic decay that has festered for too long. It is laudable that in recent times, more women have suddenly found their voices and are coming out to report cases of sexual and racial abuses. While it is a shift from the norm and it is certainly a loud slap on the faces of those in the practice of sexually harassing women with the women’s career at stake. The best is a complete stop to this nonsense that has continued for too long.

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What Women in Science Ought To Do

Women in science therefore need to channel this cause by themselves by taking proactive measures to address and root out this rampant scourge before it becomes the brazen dictate of the system. We cannot continue to lose meaningful contributions to science because of selfish people domineering a system. The existing power structure needs to be decimated and the process made plain and open without any room for harassment. This is paramount in the workplace and elsewhere.

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Sexual Harassment And The Strength It Gained From Women

Women coming out to speak about injustice against them in the world of science and other industries is a good development but then, the approach may not yield much result if hijacked by feminists and women seeking vainglory. Much of the problem with sexual harassment came about because many women allowed it and watched silently as other women suffered. If women must take charge and keep their eyes focused on churning out laudable research, then they must address the issues that matter and this can only be achieved if every woman in the field of science plays an inclusive role as highlighted by Vijayaraghavan et al.

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Women have been living and operating in denial of their true capabilities for a long time. it is therefore important that they take the bull by the horn and challenge sexual harassment with kindred spirits. This article is a great way to start and is a call in the right direction and a great way to get started is by reading the full article here.

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