This surprised us 👉 Training does not reduce sexual harassment. We've been conducting widespread sexual harassment training in the U.S. for 15+ years now, and it has not seemed to reduce sexual harassment. #metooSTEM
Why? 1) Because of cynicism. 2) Because employees "sniff out" compliance-based trainings. 3) Because trainings change attitude but haven't been effective in changing behavior. Conclusion: We need to overhaul our approach to SH training going forward. #metooSTEM
1/This is an excellent example of WHY @NIH needs to change their gender violence policies. Not only was this researcher found to be responsible by civil legal standards for sexually harassing a post-doc, the uni. found him resp. for creating a hostile environment. #metoostem
2/Literally the DAY the sexual harassment settlement was reached on September 17, 2018 the university publishes a letter lauding this researcher for obtaining a $20 million grant from @NIH: bit.ly/2P97QsW#MeTooSTEM
3/ What happened to this researcher? He has to take a training on sexual harassment and might have a letter put into his HR file. He is still the director of an institute. What happened to the post-doc? She has left the university and her research has not been published.
Screaming at Patriarchy Matters
A year ago, I couldn't get my science society to ensure the man wouldn't be elected their president even though he lied, stalked and terrorized me. This year, the president of the society is honoring me and #MeTooSTEM
A year ago, the four men in the National Academy of Sciences had no fear of losing their appointments after assaulting and harassing women in STEM. 5000 scientists and allies have demanded their ouster. Resistence matters. #MeTooSTEM
A year ago, @NIHDirector had pushed off womens cries for help and healing after sexual harassment. This year, he was dragged to Congress to account for his do nothingness. Resistence matters.
We want more women and individuals from underrepresented groups to consider careers in STEM… we want a more diverse STEM workforce… we want to patch the leaky pipeline… we want more women and URM as professors and STEM researchers and role models. 1/5
But wanting isn't the same as doing. To do all this, we must ensure that the learning environments for all of our trainees are safe. We must foster a positive climate free from sexual harassment. Universities must strive to do better. But the NIH and NSF play a role as well. 2/5
Continued funding for PIs who sexually harass their subordinates and create a toxic learning environment is unacceptable. If you can’t commit to a healthy and safe climate for your trainees, then you should not be awarded resources that will enable you to continue 3/5
3/ Culture. "I still don’t think that the prospect of being sexually assaulted was as bad as watching the next generation of sexual harassers being formed. I think that was the worst part for me." (Nontenure-track faculty) #MeToo#MeTooSTEM#womeinmedicine#MedEd#heforshe