Halting Sexual Harassment – Scientific American


Scientific American October 2018

A leader of a major report on sexual misconduct explains how to make science accessible to everyone

Sexual harassment is more prevalent in academia than in any sector of society except the military. According to a groundbreaking June report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, harassment hurts individuals, diminishes the pool of scientific talent and ultimately damages the integrity of science itself. To understand the problem and how best to tackle it, a committee of 21 experts spent two years surveying existing data and commissioning new research. During that time, the #MeToo movement awoke the world to the prevalence of sexual harassment and the devastation it causes. Now Paula Johnson, president of Wellesley College and co-chair of the committee behind the report, hopes its recommendations will fall on ears ready and willing to heed its advice. Scientific American spoke to Johnson about how to move forward. An edited transcript of the conversation follows.



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