November 03, 2017

This week on To The Contrary with Bonnie Erbe, our panelists discuss sexual assault in the workplace and Catherine Meyer and the rise of the Women’s Equality Party (UK).

On the panel this week joining host Bonnie Erbe is: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Conservative Commentator Juleanna Glover, Republican Strategist Rina Shah, Author and Political Advocate for Women Siobhan “Sam”Bennett.

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Sexual Assault in the Workplace

After so many high-profile cases of alleged sexual assaults, is this a turning point towards a culture that holds abusers accountable?

  • Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton: ‘Witness that when men come out, more seem to be confessing than denying.’’

  • Juleanna Glover: “You see this in entities and among individuals where it’s systemic and I think that’s the real difference here that you have women feeling very comfortable when speaking out about each other.”

  • Bonnie Erbe: “I was sexually harassed 30 years ago, and I thought about filing a lawsuit  against the major corporation I was working for at the time. My career would have been over. It was like ‘toughen up and get over it.”

  • Rina Shah: “This #MeToo campaign really caught fire on Twitter and Facebook and there were women coming out with stories that I would have never guessed. Friends who I just never assumed had a story like this, but the problem with that is there are hundreds of thousands of women who could not participate with that campaign because of the professional problems they would cause themselves.”

  • Siobhan “Sam”Bennett: “Women drink justice deeply from sexiest groundwater as men do.”

Women’s Equality Party

Catherine Mayer, author of “Attack of the 50 ft. Women” and co-founder of the Women’s Equality Party, speaks on “Equalia” and her TIME Magazine lawsuit.

  • Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton: “Momentum doesn’t happen. Change doesn’t happen. The status quo happens unless somebody makes something happen and women haven’t been in struggle for a long time now.”

  • Juleanna Glover: “I think if there are sort of sensible pragmatic policy solutions that address the majority of Americans concerns, I think you could see many more women [running for office] right now.

  • Rina Shah: “We’re at a point right where despite this polarization women as consensus builders want to come together and solve this sort of hyper partisanship that’s plaguing the country and not allowing Congress to get anything done.”

  • Siobhan “Sam”Bennett: “The biggest danger here, Bonnie, is complacency. Organic change is a fallacy, it’s a false dawn. The only way we make progress is to be insidious and insist on it.”

  • Catherine Mayer: “Do you solve other problems when you solve the gender equality one? I’m not pretending that it’s perfect. I’m not pretending that if you solve gender equality, you solve everything because you don’t, but it’s a hell of a lot better than the world we live in now.”

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