A To Do List for Changing the Systems of Abuse that led to #MeToo
This was originally a Facebook Post that I was encouraged to make public. Many of the resources have been added from responses to the original post. Much gratitude to all who gave input!
Now that the emotional response to the #metoo stuff has settled a bit in me (again), I wanted to put out this list of what we can do to change the systems of abuse. I wrote the list over the past week in response to a bunch of posts, particularly ones that say that the answer to the problem is to raise “better boys”. My response to that is if that is all we do, then another generation of girls and women will grow up living through what we have. So yes to raising boys differently, AND…
- Hire more women into executive positions / elect more women to public office so that more policies and laws that protect women and others can be written. (For elections, see http://www.emilyslist.org)
- Particularly demand 50–50 gender balance on all boards (and as a prerequisite for funding; add people of color as well please). Here are 3 resources for women on corporate boards: The Board List (for tech & start-ups), 2020 Women on Boards, and Women Corporate Directors.
- Transparency in salaries for all sectors so that it is harder to pay men more than women — one of the levers of abuse that is waged against us. (Here is an article about shareholder’s resolutions on the wage gap.)
- Get this predator in chief out of our country’s highest office.
- Sexual harassment and other criminal activities should be exempt from non-disparage or non-disclosure clauses in (current and old) employment contracts
- Amass an army of therapists and lawyers who will help women with sexual harassment and assault cases. (It is emotionally and physically intense to even talk about what has happened to us much less go through legal proceedings around it.)
- Set up a legal defense fund for women who choose to sue.
Feel free to post other ideas for systemic change.