You would have to be living in a different world if you’re unaware of the #metoo and #timesup movements. News coverage has been swamped for quite some time now by harrowing stories from courageous women who have been harassed, assaulted or discriminated against by men in their jobs.
These movements are looking to call time on the abuse and harassment against women (and men) in every industry in every country across the world, and it’s an issue that affects everyone, including you. (By the way, if you are unaware – time’s up on that too and it’s best you get educated.)
Almost every woman I know has experienced harassment (or worse) in some form over her lifetime. And I in no way think that our industry is immune. These movements are important because it shows women that they are not alone and they are supported. Women supporting women cannot be underestimated. And as an industry dominated by women, we too must support each other.
We can’t expect men to stop commenting on our bodies and our looks until we do. If you talk about someone behind his or her back, you’re only giving permission for someone else to talk about you behind yours. Famils can be gossip sessions, networking events can be Chinese whispers, gala dinners can feel like the high school ball and you can feel like a million bucks in that new dress until you walk into a room and get looked up and down by a squad of beauty queens.
So, as we greet 2018, I’m pledging to stop with the gossip, the judgment and the comments, and I’m asking you all to as well. We are a female-dominated industry, so let’s make that something to be proud of and make ours an industry where this attitude and behaviour is unacceptable.