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Thank you for sharing your experience Pat. These are the types of specific situations that people need to be aware of – there is currently a backlash against feminism in many parts of the WWW, with far too many people talking in general terms. We need to ask them to consider how they would feel if they, or their womenfolk experienced dilemmas like yours – especially in the case of non criminal harassment situations, which far outnumber cases of serious sexual assault.
I worked for a major paper company for 23 years. I started as a technician while attending college and left the company as a senior research scientist. To understand when I started at the research center there was only one women’s restroom in the five story building on the second floor where all the secretaries were located. While academia has many problems the working scientists in industry have the same issues. These are still very prevalent.
I retired three years ago and am very happy to see the changes start to happen especially for my grand daughters. When I was in my mid forties I felt I had to leave my position as scientist due to the pressure of my boss who kept pressuring me for a relationship. He was married. When my ignoring him worked he found another women who wanted my position and then really made my life unbearable. She was willing to play his game.
I realize I am not alone although many men seem to think that this is just a ‘women thing”. The culture as a whole is to blame and very difficult to change. This is still a very patriarchal society.