Leaders from business, government, advocacy, and news organizations shared their powerful voices and lessons learned with us at the Aspen Institute’s Forum on Women and Girls Roundtable Sustaining the Movement: Changing the Culture this past October. Together we discussed promising practices that have emerged to stop sexual harassment and assault in our society.
The Madeleine K. Albright Global Development Lecture recognizes an individual whose bold vision has provided breakthrough thinking to tackle the challenges of global development. At the sixth annual lecture on November 7, 2018 at the Metropolitan Club in New York City, the Aspen Global Innovators Group honored her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Nobel Laureate and former President of the Republic of Liberia.
Although sexual harassment is an issue in many institutions, it is especially prevalent in male-dominated spaces. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine launched a report on the changes that need to occur in the culture and climate of higher education in order to prevent and respond to sexual harassment. The report hopes to use scientific research to show that the policies currently in place in most institutions are not effective and to provide guidance on how institutions can create safer cultures. Here are five takeaways from the June 12, 2018 release of “Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.”
The need to empower women and girls is felt across the globe every day and the empowerment of women and girls is the key to making progress in many of the world’s most challenging problems. Although progress in women’s issues is made every year, we need a space where women from different generations and locations can come together to share their knowledge and work together to help women and girls.
When “Roseanne” premiered in 1988, I was among the millions of Americans who tuned in weekly to watch the Conners navigate life in the Midwest. Although I was a kid in Los Angeles, thousands of miles from the fictional Lanford, Ill., the show’s humorous, caustic portrayal of a working-class family struggling to make ends meet resonated with me. In the show, I saw my own family’s quest for the American Dream and how, for many living in poverty, it’s often a dream deferred.
The statement below was given by Rachael Wong in response to an ethics complaint for sexual harassment against former state House Speaker and Representative Joe Souki after she resigned as director of the Hawaii Department of Human Services in 2016. Earlier this year, Souki publicly apologized and resigned. This statement was given on March 21, 2018. Find a video of the statement on YouTube; the Aspen Forum on Women and Girls is mentioned at the 20:00 mark.
Women and men across the country are breaking the silence and speaking up about sexual assault and harassment as a result of the #MeToo Movement. Aspen Institute vice president and longtime women’s rights activist Peggy Clark shares a story of her own experience with unwanted sexual advances and offers her thoughts on what can be done to combat this issue.
People across the country are wondering what the next years will mean for their children, families, and communities. While these are complicated times, we should take heart in the fact that there are resilient and passionate leaders across the country who are raring to go for the well-being of America’s families. Concrete opportunities to bring about positive change do exist and are evident at the state and community levels. The Aspen Forum for Children and Families showcased many of these leaders and their solutions.
The ‘American Dream’ is a lie. We say if you work hard, you’ll make it. If you don’t, you didn’t try hard enough,” said C. Nicole Mason last week during a discussion with Washington Post journalist Jonathan Capeharton Mason’s new book, Born Bright: A Young Girl’s Journey From Nothing to Something in America.