As a woman, I think it’s safe to say that we are all wary of people like Harvey Weinstein and Matt Lauer. Whether we are confronted with them, hiding from them or in more severe situations controlled by them sadly, they are so prevalent in society that any woman you talk to will undoubtedly have a story that while common is all too painful to share. Decades of secrecy on these abuses of power have allowed a very powerful group of men to hide their transgressions in broad daylight enabled by the silence of the masses.
The human truth, if we examine our collective conscience, is that no man or woman, make that any person for that matter should hold that much power over anyone and if we remain complacent in our ignorance it will continue. There is a trend among those who spoke up, especially the women left in Harvey Weinstein’s wake and it was a trend of fear, career-ending fear and rightfully so. Decades of threats, silence and revenge created a backdrop against which such predators can operate and continue their rise to power. Harvey Weinstein might be gone, Matt Lauer might be gone, Kevin Spacey might be gone, but we need to become braver, more compassionate.
When we think about the future, and that future involves our children, where do we stand as a society if we all just try to navigate the path to success, climbing the ladder alongside these predators hoping that we make it unscathed? A lot of people aren’t as lucky. We’ve learned that it leaves too many victims in the dark and too many predators hiding in the shadows.
It’s time to build a society where victims are not afraid to speak up, where we stop protecting the predators out of fear and band together to offer our support forgetting about whatever “power” these predators think they have. It’s time to stop casting the shadows that such dangerous people hide behind.
I’m a woman and my career means a great deal to me. I’m passionate about it. I built it on hard work, blood, sweat and tears and no woman should ever live in fear that a predator with no regard for them as a human, no regard for their boundaries and no respect for them as an individual can take that away with their threats and penchant for revenge. So to these women you will get more than my empathy. You will have my support through my actions, words and commitment towards building a future where this dynamic of fear and power will not exist.