Utah Women Stats Research Snapshot
Utah Women & Leadership Project
Although workplace sexual harassment has likely been around since the conception of workplaces, and sexual harassment has been illegal in the U.S. for decades, it is safe to say that the issue has never received as much attention as it has since the autumn of 2017. High-profile instances of sexual harassment in visible industries such as entertainment, politics, the media, and the nation’s largest businesses have put this issue at the forefront of our national conversations surrounding gender and the workplace. The #metoo stories, shared by millions of women worldwide indicating that they had also experienced sexual harassment or sexual assault, have greatly increased the dialogue surrounding this issue. Eventually, women who reported sexual harassment, the “silence breakers,” were chosen by Time magazine as the person of the year for 2017. As Utahns work to understand and reduce instances of sexual harassment, it will benefit individuals, institutions, and the state as a whole.
Scribner, R., Madsen, S. R., & Thackeray, A. (2018, March 1). Sexual harassment: What Utahns need to know. Utah Research and Policy Brief. https://www.usu.edu/uwlp/files/snapshot/24.pdf