A new Financial News poll of workers in the City of London finds that 3/4s of female staffers have been subject to unwelcome sexual attention
Sexual harassment is not just an American problem.
A new survey by London’s Financial News has revealed that 74% of women employed in the City, as Britain’s financial hub is known, have had to deal with unwanted sexual advances at work. The business title polled 181 staffers, who worked in fields ranging from public relations to consultancy and investment banking. It found that females employed in the stereotypically hard charging fields of IB and trading were the likeliest to be harassed.
Among the stories shared with FN—which, like Moneyish, is published by Dow Jones—was that of a consultant who narrowly escaped being raped at a Christmas party. Another woman, a PR professional, spoke of being drunkenly groped at a holiday event. “I’ve been harassed at literally every job, and it’s always been made clear to me to keep quiet,” she said. “When you spurn their advances they act as though you brought it on yourself.”
As such, it’s unsurprising that 74% of the survivors also said that they felt unable to report the incidents. Of those that did, most added that the matter was not appropriately dealt with by their employers. “It’s an embarrassing subject to begin with,” one trader added. “You want your colleagues to think of you in terms of your work capabilities – not in terms of an uncomfortable sexual encounter.”
The FN report comes in the aftermath of bombshell reports by the New York Times and the New Yorker that alleged a decades-long pattern of sexual harassment and attempted rape by disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. In the United States, reported predators like Vox Media editorial director Lockhart Steele and Amazon Studios head Roy Price has been removed from their positions.
#MeToo, a social media hashtag popularized by actress Alyssa Milano, found resonance among seemingly millions of women—and some men—who’ve been the victims of sexual aggression. A similar movement— #BalancerTonPorc, or Squeal on Your Pig—has also emerged in France.
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The British poll again underscores how sexual harassment is a phenomenon that afflicts women regardless of socio-economic status. Among those who told FN that they had to deal with flagrant misogyny in the office are a senior official at Britain’s top financial regulator and Gina Miller, a millionaire businesswoman best known for campaigning against Brexit. Hollywood stars who say Weinstein harassed them include Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Ashley Judd. And four U.S. Senators— all Democratic women— spoke out over the weekend about their past experiences.
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