U.S. Capitol at night, behind caution tape

My family and I live in Washington, DC. We live in a tidy little home, my husband and I, and our two kids, who are 6 and 8 years old. My husband is a Congressional staffer and most days he commutes in to work. The kids like to point out, “that’s daddy’s office!” when they see the dome, driving down North Capitol Street. When violent mobs attacked the Capitol a week ago on January 6, we were terrified, and angry, and gave the children as much PBS Kids as they could take to make sure they didn’t see the fear…

What comes next for anti-racism work

Many colored pencils. Photo: Sharon McCutcheon
Many colored pencils. Photo: Sharon McCutcheon
Many colored pencils. Photo: Sharon McCutcheon

What Comes Next for Anti-Racism Work?

As businesses move beyond initial statements in support of Black Lives Matter, staff are watching carefully to know whether this will be followed by efforts to create an inclusive and anti-racist culture at work. To do that, organizations of all sizes will need anti-racism training resources and experts to guide them through this process. It won’t happen by accident. As DEI expert and consultant Eric Polite recently said about his work with businesses on building equitable workplaces, “inclusion doesn’t happen by accident, inclusion happens by design.” It’s not a feature that lives in one department, it’s not just your CDO…

The end of the casting couch. Photo by Julien Tondu.

After decades of open secrets, then blockbuster reporting in 2017, Harvey Weinstein was convicted this week of committing a first-degree criminal sexual act and third-degree rape. What was different about this case from many others was that the evidence included witnesses with complicated relationships and not a lot of physical evidence to prove sexual assault. The victims didn’t go straight to police (most victims don’t), and the two main victims kept up their relationships with Weinstein after he assaulted them (some victims do). In response, Weinstein’s defense was to put #MeToo on trial, and he failed. This tells us that…

#MeTooReykjavik closing ceremony, participants discussing their experiences.

#MeToo Reykjavik: Nothing less than a revolution will do.

I spent last week in Reykjavik, Iceland, attending the #MeToo Moving Forward conference, the first international conference following the explosion of the #MeToo hashtag two years ago (though many years after Tarana Burke began her work on the movement). According to planners, they expected an attendance of about 30 or 40 people. Instead, 800 people registered and came from as far away as New Zealand, Russia, Canada, France, Italy, and the United States. Angela Davis and the Prime Minister of Iceland gave the opening remarks. Roxane Gay gave the closing address…

In April I gave a workshop on preventing harassment to a group of scientists working on policy issues in Washington, DC. During the middle of a discussion on workplace behaviors, a man raised his hand to ask, what of the structural reforms? How can we expect to see real change? I’m often guided by that question, and reminded that individuals can change workplace climate, but to see change across an industry we need to leverage existing power structures. We talked in that moment about the National Science Foundation’s decision to require awardee organizations to notify NSF of findings of harassment…

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Since January I’ve facilitated more than three dozen workshops on respectful workplaces — workshops aimed at changing behavior, resetting norms and recalibrating expectations in the workplace about all forms of harassment. One thing I’ve noticed is that participants want facts, and they want solutions. People want to understand why harassment happens and what they can do to make it stop.

The One Big Predictor of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

The research on this topic doesn’t mince words: “by far, the greatest predictor of the occurrence of sexual harassment is the organizational climate.”[1] So what is climate? In…

person vacuuming multi-colored confetti from carpet.

Just in time for many couples to get in a good fight before Mother’s Day, the New York Times published an op-ed by Dr. Darcy Lockman, “What ‘Good’ Dads Get Away With.” The big question posed is why we hear such a common refrain that women in heterosexual relationships are the project managers for their family’s lives? From finding child care on sick days, to doing the laundry, and everything in between, women in these relationships are regularly, if not entirely, planning, coordinating, and executing these tasks.

According to Dr. Lockman, “[t]he amount of child care men performed rose throughout…

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Audrey Roofeh is CEO of Mariana Strategies, a workplace culture consulting firm, based in Washington, D.C.

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