Harris, Rosen, Blumenthal Announce Legislation to Combat Sexual Harassment in STEM

From the office of Senator Harris.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) on Thursday announced the Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act of 2019, legislation to provide for research to better understand the causes and consequences of sexual harassment in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, examine policies to reduce harassment, and encourage interagency efforts in these matters. This bill follows a landmark report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, which found that sexual harassment is pervasive in institutions of higher education and contributes to loss of talented, highly-trained individuals in the STEM workforce.

“As the daughter of a barrier breaking woman in STEM research, I know the importance of ensuring more women enter and excel in this field,” said Senator Harris. “As more women enter STEM fields, we must do more to ensure appropriate steps are taken to change the workplace climate and prevent sexual harassment. By shining a light on sexual harassment in STEM, this legislation is a step in the right direction to fostering an environment across STEM where everyone is safe and able to achieve their full potential.”

“Sexual harassment is an issue that affects every type of workplace – and it’s especially pervasive in academia and among those working in the sciences, a field that’s been traditionally male-dominated,” said Senator Rosen. “This legislation will take much needed steps to address this issue by directing the Office of Science and Technology Policy to issue uniform sexual harassment policies that will help empower survivors to come out from the shadows and share their stories.”

“Harassment and discrimination deprive our nation of great minds, and rob individuals of promising careers,” said Senator Blumenthal. “This legislation will help us directly confront a pervasive culture of sexual harassment that has been allowed to persist in STEM for far too long. STEM fields already suffer from gender inequality – we should be making it easier for women and other underrepresented groups to get into these industries, not turning a blind eye to the kind of unacceptable harassment and discrimination that make it even harder for them.”

The Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act is the Senate companion to legislation introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) on January 3, 2019.

“Sexual harassment in the academic workplace undermines the contributions of women in critical STEM fields and drives talented scientists away from careers in research,” said Representative Johnson. “Our nation’s scientific and technological leadership depends on ensuring our best and brightest are able to conduct their research free of harassment and abuse. I am glad to see my Senate colleagues introduce a companion to my Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act to tackle this problem. We must do more to empower and protect our increasingly diverse scientific workforce and this bill is an important step in that direction.”

The Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act would:

  • Create a new grant program through the National Science Foundation (NSF) to better understand the factors contributing to, and consequences of, sexual harassment, and examine interventions.
  • Direct Federal statistical agencies to gather national data on the prevalence, nature, and implications of harassment in higher education.
  • Direct NSF to enter into an agreement with the Academies and update professional standards of conduct in research, evidence-based practices for fostering a climate intolerant of harassment, and methods for identifying and addressing incidents.
  • Establish an Interagency Working Group for the purpose of coordinating Federal science agency efforts to reduce the prevalence of sexual harassment involving grant personnel.
  • Authorize $17.4 million a year to carry out the Act, following recommendations by NSF and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Supporters of the Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act include The American Chemical Society, American Educational Research Association, American Geophysical Union, American Mathematical Society, American Physical Society, American Physiological Society, American Political Science Association, American Psychological Association, American Society for Microbiology, Association for Women Geoscientists, Association for Computing Machinery’s Council on Women in Computing, Association for Women in Mathematics, Computing Research Association, Consortium of Social Science Associations, Endocrine Society, Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee, Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Society of Women Engineers, The Optical Society, The Paleontological Society, and the Association for Women in Science.

“The AGU community of 60,000 Earth and space scientists is proud to endorse the Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act of 2019, and we applaud Senator Harris’s efforts to expand protection against sexual harassment,” said Chris McEntee, AGU Executive Director and CEO. “Harassment, bias, and discrimination undermine the scientific enterprise by interfering with critical discoveries and innovation. AGU looks forward to working with Senator Harris, Congress, and others in the scientific community to foster safe, inclusive working environments in which all scientists and researchers can thrive.”

“The Society of Women Engineers is dedicated to the success of women engineers in all stages and aspects of their academic, professional and personal lives,” said Karen Horting, Executive Director and CEO of the Society of Women Engineers. “Ascertaining and addressing sexual harassment and discrimination in academic and scientific workplaces is crucial. If this country is to meet the ever-increasing demand for STEM skills and knowledge, we must do all we can to keep females in STEM fields.  This bill and the steps it takes to addressing discrimination and harassment are much needed.  Thank you to Senator Kamala Harris and her colleagues for introducing the Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act. SWE looks forward to supporting the measure through the legislative process.”

“Technological advancement thrives on a constant influx of new ideas from people with diverse perspectives and skills,” said Elizabeth A. Rogan, Chief Executive Officer of The Optical Society. “The Optical Society strongly supports Sen. Kamala Harris’ bill that would foster inclusivity and examine policies aimed at curbing sexual harassment in STEM, a companion to legislation introduced in the House. Action by Congress to protect and promote diversity will strengthen U.S. leadership in STEM education, careers, and innovation.”

In addition to Senators Harris, Rosen, and Blumenthal, this legislation is co-sponsored by Senators Hirono (D-HI), Klobuchar (D-MN), Peters (D-MI), Reed (D-RI), Sanders (I-VT), and Smith (D-MN).

For further background on the bill, click here.

For full bill text, click here.


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John Bell
April 11, 2019 4:24 pm

Why focus on STEM? A single law should apply across the board, STEM or not. Nut job Dimocraps.

Curious George
Reply to  John Bell
April 11, 2019 5:26 pm

Because lawyers from a school of law would fight back much better than scientists, technologists, engineers, or mathematicians. Attack the enemy’s weak point.

Authors apparently see STEM as the enemy.

Leo Smith
Reply to  John Bell
April 11, 2019 6:02 pm


need more stupid people

Reply to  John Bell
April 11, 2019 6:33 pm

They’re pushing for equality of results, not abilities or desires. To them, if the general population is 52% women then every field should be 52% women. STEM being overwhelmingly dominated by men is an easy target for them to attack.

Doug Huffman
Reply to  ScienceABC123
April 12, 2019 4:15 am

All men are born equal, naked, squalling and stupid. After that it’s dog-eat-dog (Ayn Rand) competition and the Devil has taken the hindermost and marked them as His own.

The conspiracy of ignorance masquerades as common sense.

Reply to  ScienceABC123
April 12, 2019 6:53 am

Plus, destroying STEM will destroy what remains of the West’s technical lead over the rest of the world, and thereby bring forward the socialist utopia where everyone is equally poor.

Gunga Din
April 11, 2019 4:25 pm

So … they want more female glaciers or less?

April 11, 2019 4:26 pm

Fresh from their unproductive warlock hunts, #MeToo progresses with new haunts and empathetic fire incidents.

Mike Ozanne
April 11, 2019 4:26 pm

“Technological advancement thrives on a constant influx of new ideas ”

from whoever happens to have them of whatever gender, ethnicity or social demographic…

Randle Dewees
April 11, 2019 4:28 pm

My daughter just completed a BS in physics at UCSB. She complained there was a lot of cheating going on, but never sexual harassment. She did have a weird guy kind of stalking her for a while but that goes on everywhere. I think this is just identity politics.

Reply to  Randle Dewees
April 11, 2019 5:23 pm

The latter is exactly what it is. Check out the history of Ms Harris and other candidates such as her who were primaried into Congress. Your political system is being hacked (not illegally … simply gamed) to infiltrate a bunch of SJW types who will bring their identity politics to bear through your legislative systems, if unchecked.

John Robertson
April 11, 2019 4:33 pm

So the politicians are saying all those lovely academics sucking at the public teat,are without integrity and ethics,in matters sexual as well as financial?
I am confused here, they already provide the funding for these organizations, but they need to spend an additional $17.4 million annually to ensure these “professional” employees behave?

What exactly am I missing here?

Is this like their gun laws? Where we have endless laws forbidding murder and assault, but the politicians want to ban guns,cause people use them to murder and assault?

Tim Gorman
April 11, 2019 4:33 pm

At the risk of being named a sexist I have to offer this observation gleaned over a career in STEM spanning from 1964 to today. Much of the STEM industry as well as academia is a blood sport endeavor. From the freshman in college to the 30 year veteran, solutions, plans and proposals receive peer review and critiques from team members. Many women and even a number of males on teams I have been involved with see this process as sexual harrassment and bullying. Most women have no problem critiquing the work of others but get irrationally upset when their own work is critiqued. The sad thing is that this is getting *worse* instead of better as women are being trained in university that everyplace should be a “safe space” where no critiquing of work should be heard. If these Democrats want to make a *real* difference in the work place for women they should be working toward solutions to make women a lot more thick-skinned. The purpose of peer review and critiquing is not sexual harrassment or bullying but to make sure the best solution, plan, or proposal is put forth!

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Tim Gorman
April 11, 2019 5:27 pm

“The purpose of peer review and critiquing is not sexual harrassment or bullying”

Sometimes it is bullying. Climategate.

Tim Gorman
Reply to  Jeff Alberts
April 11, 2019 5:39 pm

I think Climategate was more about censorship than peer review. Bullying yes, but it had nothing to do with true critiquing.

Reply to  Jeff Alberts
April 11, 2019 7:42 pm

Jeff, could you expand on your assertion that Climategate is or was bullying, please?

Kevin kilty
April 11, 2019 4:41 pm

I find this baffling. Is there data to back up these claims of widespread sexual harassment in STEM fields, or not? I would like to see it. Two of the bills sponsors, Harris and Danang Dick Blumenthal have never needed any evidence at all to make outrageous claims.

Now, I am plenty world wise, and understand that such goings on are not carried on under a bright light, but often many people know what is happening and the word does get around. After 23 years in industry, followed by about 19 in academia, I have seen very little of what I would call “sexual harassment”. Oh, I have observed what appeared to be consensual romances, and on occasion the woman would use this as the basis for a complaint, and sometimes be rewarded with money or a career advancement. But the circumstances of these claims were generally murky.

Does anyone know of hard evidence, or is this the tip of a new “sword” aimed at people who might make trouble for the magical thinking Democrats and their plans?

Kevin kilty
Reply to  Kevin kilty
April 11, 2019 5:12 pm

I went to one of the links regarding the bill. In effect they state the problem is “pervasive”, but they are funding research into the issue because reporting standards are inconsistent. In addition to seeming circular, this is thin gruel. There isn’t much for evidence. Is it as pervasive as Democrat-dominated Hollywood, or the media, or Congress? I think this is a pre-emptive motion, but is it a reaction to he fading #MeToo stuff, or ginning up some other totem? I don’t know.

Reply to  Kevin kilty
April 12, 2019 4:08 am

Kevin, I was thinking the same thing. From the words of these officials, it sounds like virtue signaling and exploitation of identity politics.

I fear the definition of “sexual harassment” has had its bounds removed. For example, I fear that computer engineering classes dominated by male students might be considered “sexual harassment” under legislation like this. Where would it end?

The root of it all is really in identity politics, where women are now held in the highest regards. And, intentionally or not, the purveyors of identity politics have pushed men to a second-class status. It’s already a problem in IT– diversity groups, intending it or not, cast men as second-class.

This legislation galvanizes it into an authoritarian edict.

Reply to  Kevin kilty
April 11, 2019 10:49 pm

Kind of my first reaction. I went through two different science programs 20 years ago and cross-classed with engineers as well. Worked with a bunch as well, both genders. I’ve never seen it happen anywhere. I suspect they’re defining it much differently than the “rational person” would…need a wider net cast with a finer mesh to find the barely findable.

Reply to  Kevin kilty
April 12, 2019 7:18 am

There aren’t a lot of women in the STEM fields.
To a liberal this is proof of discrimination. No further investigation needed. Or wanted.

Richard Burkel
Reply to  MarkW
April 12, 2019 7:52 am

There are not many conservatives at university liberal arts departments. Is this not also proof of discrimination?

Tom Abbott
April 11, 2019 4:41 pm

Blumenthal is a proven liar. He lied about serving in Vietnam.

Why is this man still a U.S. Senator? Do the people of Connecticut like liars representing them? Why would you vote for someone you can’t believe?

Blumenthal is a worthless B@s….. You shouldn’t trust anything he says. So naturally the Leftwing News Media seeks him out at every opportunity for comments and opinion. He ought to be hiding his face in shame instead of opining.

Gary Pearse
Reply to  Tom Abbott
April 11, 2019 6:12 pm

Its not uncommon for the more fervent male anti-harrassment warriors to be harrassers themselves. Eric Schneiderman is allegedly of this species.


April 11, 2019 4:47 pm

So, a potential Presidential candidate who purchased her child’s place in a college is putting forward legislation to block herself from being prosecuted for purchasing her child’s place in a college AND she is using race to justify it? Okey Dokey, then. Still waiting on the other side of the “college admissions bribery” list, the one with all the Democrat Party leadership on it. Lots of college alumni on this board, collectively, turn them out.

April 11, 2019 4:47 pm

There is a gender gap in college enrollment, women out number men 56 to 44. How soon will the Democratic Party controlled house address this imbalance?

P.S. Maybe things have changed, but as I recall, most of the nerdy geek types I went to school with in the hard sciences had difficulty putting three sentences together with a member of the opposite sex in a social situation.

Reply to  Sean
April 11, 2019 4:49 pm

Boom. Nailed it.

Reply to  Sean
April 11, 2019 7:39 pm

That’s been my experience … not the fantasy made-up by these EXTREMIST politicians. This Harris creep is the “brains” behind the FAKE hate crime perpetrated by Juzzie Smallett … and now she is perpetrating a FAKE STEM crisis. The Dems took back the House majority and they’re making a mockery of our country. Sheesh the so-called head of the Banking Committee doesn’t even know that the government took over ALL the student loans in this country. What a clown show, the Dems are putting on. I cannot believe how many Dem. clowns came out of that tiny car. A laugh a minute.

April 11, 2019 5:09 pm

With no bigger issues to tackle first no wonder chaos is reigning in the party.

Pat Frank
April 11, 2019 5:12 pm

I have just finished assessing the National Academy report on sexual harassment. Likely, pretty soon, there’ll be a WUWT submission about it.

I’ve gone into the report in serious detail. That report is the worst exercise in tendentious incompetence I’ve ever seen. And I’ve seen consensus climatology.

There isn’t a creative or competent thought in it. Rather like Kamala Harris’ politics, actually.

It’s very clear that the people who wrote that report started with their conclusion and worked backwards.

The report omits or misrepresents centrally important literature. It conveys no proper understanding of the literature that is included.

The point of that report is to impose equity hiring on academic STEM fields as a fake solution for fake accusations about a fake problem.

The point of equity hiring is to produce a population of scientific mediocrities in the academy, who put social justice politics ahead of science. They’ll all tug their forelocks when the social justice prelates among the Humanities faculty strut in to inspect the premises.

And the point of that is to dethrone science as a source of objective knowledge (Those arrogant scientists! We’ll show ’em!); to turn it into just one more subjectivist narrative, like Feminism, or Cultural Studies, or contemporary Sociology. Just another way of tribal knowing.

Science, as you all know, is the vehicle of the white male racist, colonialist, hegemonic patriarchy. It’s the job of Feminists and Sociologists to bring it down. That NAS report is their opening barrage. Kamala Harris just yelled ‘Charge!’

April 11, 2019 5:21 pm

merit based = sexual harassment.
merit based = racism.

April 11, 2019 5:30 pm

I’m so sick of hyper-gender awareness.

That’s all.

April 11, 2019 5:41 pm

I work in a very “male dominated” field, which sounds like there must be males “dominating” females (and perhaps the other 56 genders as well), but in reality this only a loaded term for an interesting statistical distribution. Females just aren’t interested in doing what I do. The solution? Force-educate little girls to like it. I am not making this up.

The well-established fact that men tend to like some things and women tend to like other things cannot be tolerated by the social engineers. So they get to keep on building their fantasy world, at our expense.

Gary Pearse
Reply to  damp
April 11, 2019 6:24 pm

Jordan Peterson is constantly harrassed because he cites the overwhelming research data that women and men are different. Yes there are exceptions, but, apparently, men are most interested in things and women in people. It is not a surprise that women pretty well own the social sciences and men crowd STEM. I think it wrong to throw Medicine into STEM (if I understand the topic properly here). Jordan Peterson argues for equality of opportunity in policy but against equality of outcomes which seems to be a Democrat hill to die on.

Russ Wood
Reply to  damp
April 12, 2019 6:49 am

In my 30-something years in high-math IT (geological statistics and air traffic control), I only came across a handful of competent women software engineers. (And a few INcompetent). There was no business attitude against them, and in fact I had a couple of female bosses, but in general, this was not a field that attracted women. Making laws to “make everybody equal” is just virtue signalling. If a person isn’t happy in a particular job, they shouldn’t be forced into doing it! That’s a form of slavery! (But then, isn’t that what the Democrats were famous for?)

Ron Long
April 11, 2019 5:44 pm

I’m semi-retired now, they’re not going to come after me, are they?

Reply to  Ron Long
April 12, 2019 7:39 am

Only if you have money.

Robert of Texas
April 11, 2019 5:45 pm

Yes, let’s destroy all fields of science with political correctness now that we have destroyed the ability of all government agencies to do their job (thinking NASA and EPA here – once upon a time they could produce real results).

If someone is harassing some other person or persons, fire them, or kick them out. We don’t need more Nanny-Laws.

What we REALLY need is some adults in the room.

Robert of Ottawa
Reply to  Robert of Texas
April 11, 2019 6:17 pm

So now it will be Occam’s Luffah rather than razor and Newton’s suggestions of motion?

Reply to  Robert of Ottawa
April 11, 2019 6:31 pm

… and Roberta’s Suggestions of Compatibility, instead of Robert’s Rules of Order

April 11, 2019 5:45 pm

Let us be thankful that Climate Change or CO2 was not blamed for it.
Sadly some women live in a fancy world. Take them out of their “Safe spaces” and even a glance from a male admiring a good looking woman, can be considered as a sexual act.

We have come a long way from when women enjoyed a “Wolf whistle” .It was a complement, but not any more. What a miserable bunch such people have become.


Rud Istvan
April 11, 2019 5:57 pm

Da Nang Dick and Horizontal Harris as cosponsors. Nuff said.

Reply to  Rud Istvan
April 12, 2019 7:11 pm

For those who missed the US political references –
“Da Nang Dick” is about Richard Blumenthal’s lie about serving in Vietnam while he was in the Army Reserve.
“Horizontal Harris” is Harris’s ascendance in the political spectrum based upon her horizontal performance, which was publicly acknowledged by more than a few…

Robert Austin
April 11, 2019 6:04 pm

The SJW’s have driven many men out of the humanities and social sciences and destroyed academic integrity. They have now set their sights on STEM. If my son were of college age, I would not recommend a university (so called) education. Better a community college education leading to a trade.

April 11, 2019 6:23 pm

These politicians are blithering idiots. I can’t quite figure out why we don’t vote incumbents out every election cycle? They cause every problem in society and make it worse every time they pretend to fix it.

Reply to  Bill
April 12, 2019 7:41 am

Because way too many people believe that it is the job of government to take other people’s money and give it to them.

April 11, 2019 6:31 pm

Another solution in search of a problem.

April 11, 2019 6:44 pm

I never burned my bra. I thought those crazy feminists were off the wall. Nonetheless, I seem to have profited from their activities. I am unable to judge whether we need to continue combatting sexual discrimination/harassment.

Recently, I had to give a speech introducing an aspect of myself. It ended up being about sex discrimination I had experienced in my lifetime. I offer part of my speech here, as a reference point.

I Am One Of The Lucky Ones

We are defeating sex discrimination in schools
Along about 1965, in high school, I wanted to take shop class. The principal said, “Girls can’t take shop.” I went home, told my Dad, and he said, “Aw, that’s too bad.” We didn’t think about suing, or the ACLU. Never heard of it.
Today, no high school would succeed in denying shop class to girls. High school girls today are the lucky ones.
But, I’m lucky too. I went to college, built lab equipment for the physics department, and used many shop tools. Despite EARLIER sex discrimination, I was one of the lucky ones anyway.

We are defeating sex discrimination in workplace hiring.
In 1979, a certain company, in my hometown, didn’t have any women engineers, and they didn’t hire me either.
I moved 1000 miles away, to work for Honeywell Avionics, as an engineer. It was a good job. I counted myself a lucky one.
About a year later, that hometown company, the one with no women engineers, actively recruited me. I took the job, and found 2 other newly hired women engineers.
My best guess about what happened is: the company had government contracts; they were forced to hire women engineers, or lose the contracts.
I’m guessing the women’s rights movement, or maybe the ACLU, turned me into a lucky one, again.

Third, we are defeating sexual harassment in the workplace.
In 1982, in the cubicle next to mine, my manager frequently called in my co-worker, a beautiful woman, to work at the table in his office. One time I heard the chairs moving, a lot, and I thought, “what?” My co-worker came and talked to me about it; our manager would move his chair closer, and she would shift hers away, all around the table.
She asked me, “What should I do?”. I didn’t know. I thought, if we report this to anyone, it might not fix anything, and will only make trouble for her. You see, during a previous “sex scandal”, I had seen a secretary transferred, possibly demoted, eventually gone from the company, while the man involved stayed put and did just fine.
Not too long after, my co-worker transferred to a different department.
I hope she was a lucky one, but maybe she was not; I don’t know.

Fourth, companies are working to defeat sex discrimination.
Years later, I went to work for General Motors. GM trained us to identify and combat discrimination of all types. I never personally saw sex discrimination again, in my workplace.
Women engineers today, at least at General Motors, seem to be the lucky ones.

Fifth, many women have benefited.
When General Motors went through bankruptcy, many women retirees’ shared their stories of overcoming abuse and discrimination in the workplace. The stories went back 40 years, but finally things got better. I feel proud to call myself one of those lucky ones.

Reviewing these reasons why we can count ourselves as the lucky ones.
1) There is a dramatic decrease in cases of sex discrimination at schools.
2) There is an increase of hiring women for highly skilled jobs.
3) There is the changed attitude for addressing sexual harassment in the workplace.
4) There is the enormous number of women who are the beneficiaries.

Economic Geologist
Reply to  Cynthia
April 14, 2019 7:56 am

Thank you Cynthia. I also feel like one of the lucky ones. A PhD in geology. Working with the exploration and mining industry.
I was able to have a career, despite all the sexual harassment most of the commenters here have never seen, though I wonder what gender they are, ie what was their vantage point?
Also, i retired early. A big part of that was just being tired of too often being the only woman in the room, and no-one else there being able to “see” what i was dealing with.

April 11, 2019 6:44 pm

So how will these young ladies have an opportunity to sleep there way to success like Harris did?

Reply to  Grant
April 11, 2019 6:45 pm

Man this place needs an edit button

April 11, 2019 6:48 pm

Here is a website with some statistics and references. I have a hard time believing some of the stats.


Reply to  SMC
April 11, 2019 8:40 pm

Doesn’t make a lot of sense. One paragraph says that 63% of males at particular college admit to raping or attempting to rape!!! Right
Following paragraph says 26% girls in college had unwanted sexual contact, whatever that means.
Amazing all these parents are sending their children off to college to rape and be raped.

Reply to  Grant
April 11, 2019 10:17 pm

Depends on the definition.

In my case, if my partner or I wake up through the night and is feeling toey, there is a lot of stroking going on to wake the sleeping party up.

This would probably qualify as rape under the modern definitions.

We just enjoy it enthusiastically.

Reply to  Grant
April 12, 2019 7:43 am

If the statistics are to believed, there’s a lot of guys targeting the same couple of girls.

Reply to  SMC
April 12, 2019 6:22 am

Yea, that effectively means everyone in America has been raped when you add all those numbers together. Their name says it all, they were created to find a problem and exacerbate it and they are doing a bang up job.

April 11, 2019 6:52 pm

There is one and only one thing here: Men are better at STEM and obsessing over sexual harassment gives women a way to express their hate of the facts. Jordan Peterson speaks explains well the general differences between men and women.

Mike Smith
April 11, 2019 7:16 pm

Sexual harassment AND STEM. Jump on bandwagons much?

April 11, 2019 7:25 pm

I’m not a fan of heavy handed legislation, but there is definitely something not quite right in Western STEM workplaces.

When I visited an IT workplace in Taipei, women were everywhere, at all levels – managers, coders, easily a 50/50 split.

Most IT workplaces in the West, women represent maybe one in ten workers, often less.

I didn’t see any evidence of sexual harassment in IT workplaces – though not being a woman, maybe stuff happened that I didn’t see. But there is definitely some difference between Western culture and the workplace culture I saw in Taiwan, which leads to a very different office demographic.

Would heavy handed legislation fix this imbalance? I doubt it. But what I saw in Taipei, I don’t think you can simply conclude women have no interest in STEM.

In the West, something is directing women’s attention away from STEM.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
April 12, 2019 6:43 am

Look at the last 50-60 years of “media” directed towards females from childhood on up, there is your answer. As for the differences between Asian and Western workplace habits, the designation of “men’s work” and “women’s work” have always been different. Women working at labor jobs has long been accepted in the Asian cultures I have been exposed to, while in European/American culture there has always been a sharp divide between what women and men were expected to do job wise. The American Colonial and Nation Building periods saw a change in that. Frontier/colonial societies can not afford to not have everyone working that is capable of working, at whatever needs done. The men’s work/women’s work divisions did reassert at the end of the frontier/nation building phase in America, still, women working in many men’s work categories had become accepted.

The period of militant feminism has totally screwed all of the accepted norms right into the floor and replaced them with complete incoherence. The feminists have told young women they can do whatever they want, be whatever they want. And then they tried to command those same women to be what feminists command that they be, whether they what that or not. And those who resist, in any way, are viciously attacked. And now they are systematically attacking interpersonal relations and trying to replace them with an amorphous cloud of nothing. And we wonder why so many people under 40 are so confused and filled with self-loathing and guilt for things they have never even done.

Pat Frank
Reply to  Eric Worrall
April 12, 2019 9:45 am

Women are directing women’s attention away from STEM in the West, Eric.

The freer and more egalitarian the society, the more disparity there is between male and female choices of career.

There’s good published literature on that.

Not Chicken Little
April 11, 2019 7:29 pm

40 years with a BSCS both as an employee and an independent, and all I ever noted was that because of their relative scarcity in the field, women tended to have the upper hand in personal relationships and often wrongly were not held to the same high professional standards as the men…

Anything Senator Richard “Rambo” Blumenthal is associated with is suspect due to his chronic lies about having served in Vietnam. If the Senate collectively as a body had any honor and decency they would remove him from office and not allow him to serve. He probably could be and should be prosecuted under the “Stolen Valor” law.

Krudd Gillard of the Commondebt of Australia
April 11, 2019 7:30 pm

So now they are coming for the scientists.
But I did nothing because I was not a scientist.
And then they came for me.
And I looked around for someone to help me.
But there was no-one.
Because they had all been taken away.

Richard Burkel
April 11, 2019 7:45 pm

Given the news of the last several years I think there are some industries that need this law more than STEM fields. For instance: the entertainment industry, the main stream news industry and the political arena. On further reflection, there is really no distinction between these three.

John Robertson
April 11, 2019 7:48 pm

Dang,I got censored.
What was the word?
That needed Moderation?

Just saying,these agencies are all funded by federal government,yet same government wants to spend $17.4 million more to investigate whether their “professional employees” are sexist pigs?
So their funding of science is ,like the IPCCs,free of ethics or standards?

I know,the democrats should ban science,cause it is sexist and racist.
And repeal all natural laws that violate their “understanding” of reality.

E J Zuiderwijk
April 11, 2019 8:14 pm

Sexual harassment: bad manners fueled by testosterone. There. Can I get my ignoble prize now?

J Mac
April 11, 2019 8:58 pm

This is a mind-numbing, virtue signalling, progressive democrat solution in search of non-existent problem.

Craig from Oz
April 11, 2019 11:43 pm

My day job is for a reasonably large company that employs a lot of engineering professionals (and me for some reason… cough…).

About a year back the internal email highlighted our female engineer of the year. Paraphrasing she was asked what it was like to be a female engineer.

(again paraphrasing from memory)

“It’s great. You actually get much more done much more easily because male engineers are scared to argue with you”

April 12, 2019 12:29 am

Nature is interested in just one thing, ” Propagation of the species”.

It could not care less as to how that happens.


Rod Evans
April 12, 2019 1:25 am

This bill fits perfectly into the fundamental laws of pseudo scientific principles which is.
“If you look for it you will find it”
The reason man made climate change is so pervasive, is because that is what the IPCC is tasked with finding. They were not told to find what causes/caused climate to change. They were tasked with finding man made causes only.
Hey presto, unlimited funds are made available to look in the wrong place for the wrong things.
This latest socialist attack on normality, will have unknown and unknowable consequences. What is known is, it is a pointless waste of resources.
I say this, as the father of a daughter who is a highly qualified senior, in an international firm of actuaries. She got there because she is very bright, mathematically exceptional, and because she is the right person for the job, not because of her gender.

April 12, 2019 2:04 am

Sexual harassment needs to be dealt with but I fail to see why this needs research costing $17.4 million a year. Jobs for the boys or, in this case, for the girls.

NZ Willy
April 12, 2019 3:13 am

Totally fake issue promulgated by non-scientific idiotistas. At University there were just a few girls in my STEM classes and they were a coddled bunch who usually got extra help from every one. I made the mistake of taking one as a lab partner in physics — she was useless so I ended up doing all the work myself. In all, it was the opposite of sexual harassment. At work, women were always favored and were a terror in management, usually thinking they could do no wrong whereas the men managers were more circumspect and considerate, usually. I could go on but nah.

April 12, 2019 3:55 am

“Sexual harassment in STEM.” I would have thought sexual (and any other types of) discrimination would have been more of a problem. This new “field of research” is probably just to deflect the focus away from the bigger problem (by orders of magnitude) which is academic harassment. No cash for research there, then?

April 12, 2019 5:47 am

If a federal study commission is formed with a mission statement of “Quantifying the horrors of Sexual Harassment in STEM fields”, you can be assured that they will find it and put a number on it whether it exists or not. Study commissions never fail to find what they were formed to find, ever!

Reply to  OweninGA
April 12, 2019 6:54 am

Perhaps if Robert Mueller were to be put in charge ….

April 12, 2019 6:55 am

Sorry, I am at a complete loss!

Who ARE these “men” they keep talking about? These same people tell us male and female are simply personal preferences. So if a “woman” is being oppressed by a “man”, all she has to do is declare herself a “man” and she will instantly become an all-powerful, toxic oppressor herself, easily able to defeat any other “man” who is up to no good.

To take it one step further, who are these “angry white men” I keep hearing about? When I look around, everyone I see who is accused of being an angry white male is, in fact, a prehistorically dispossessed, melanin-disadvantaged African transgender operation-denied, crossdressing lesbian female speaking truth to power. Those who are slandered as angry white men are the very PEAK of victimhood, baby, and all other “victims” should bow down in awe.

Andy Pattullo
April 12, 2019 8:25 am

My education and career has been in health care. I work in an organization largely run by women, with a predominantly female workforce, and as a male physician I have seen the balance tilt considerably toward more female than male graduates in medicine. I don’t see this trend as good or bad as long as qualified, intelligent and dedicated people staff our services. Maybe one day 90% of health care workers in all roles will be women – that would not be evidence of a problem if the system works for those who need it. It would not be evidence of discrimination if all who wish to enter the field are given equal opportunity to compete for positions. It also would not imply that sexual harassment of men in health care by women was a systemic problem. Sexual harassment in any field of work or study is wrong and should be treated as an issue independent of whatever area of human endeavor is being discussed. Aiming at STEM is ridiculous and clearly part of a political agenda.

glen martin
April 12, 2019 11:28 am

If chicks didn’t treat nerds like trash in high school they wouldn’t be catching blow-back from them later when the nerds outnumber in college STEM classes.

Reply to  glen martin
April 12, 2019 1:41 pm

I don’t know about that, most of the women I studied with were nerds in high school. Funny thing about nerds, people assume that because they don’t spend a lot of attention on their appearance that they aren’t fine specimens of the human species. I have been to formal occasions with groups of nerds, and must say they clean up quite nicely!

Reply to  OweninGA
April 13, 2019 3:28 am

Yes, indeed, you can polish a nerd.

Joe Lynch
Reply to  PeterGB
April 13, 2019 9:55 am


April 12, 2019 1:02 pm

Now, there seems to be a necessity by claim, of really seriously regulating by law and legislation the intellect Phd scientific higher class medium of minds and higher thinking thinkers, in the matters of sexual harassment,
is that it!?

Oh well, wandering what could be next!
Who would have thought these kinda of guys and girls of higher thinking and higher top education could be so “predatory” sexual bully nasties!

It most probably is only an exaggerated joke, or something like that….supposedly.


Joe Crawford
April 12, 2019 2:22 pm

A paper summarised at Science Daily, “Gender gap in spatial reasoning starts in elementary school, meta-analysis finds” (https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190411154728.htm) makes the following statements which probably has one hell of a lot to do with the imbalances in STEM.

“It is well-established that, on average, men outperform women on a spatial reasoning task known as mental rotation…
Mental rotation is considered one of the hallmarks of spatial reasoning…
Prior research has also shown that superior spatial skills predict success in male-dominated science, technology engineering and math (STEM) fields, and that the gender difference in spatial reasoning may contribute to the gender disparity in these STEM fields.

Tim Gorman
Reply to  Joe Crawford
April 12, 2019 4:29 pm

It would be the height of folly (which liberals are quite disposed toward) to assume that this is a nature/nurture issue which can be solved with enough “nurture”. The liberal meme of today that there is no natural difference between men and women is a delusion. Since the dawn of time gender roles have been ingrained deeper and deeper in our genetics. Certainly there is a percentage of the female population capable of performing in STEM at the highest levels. To expect that percentage to be the same as the male population is wishful thinking of the worst kind. It is not just the capability that must be considered but also the “urge” to pursue that capability in STEM as a career. Without the urge the capability is not significant to the STEM universe. What these liberals fail to recognize is that capability can manifest itself in all kinds of other endeavors. Take a look at the “Magnolia” magazine sometime. Or the meal presentations of top chefs. Or the clothes of top fashion designers. All involve the ability to perform spatial reasoning at a high level.

Why don’t these liberals pursue equalizing the number of female and male nurses in health care?

William A Befort
April 12, 2019 7:21 pm

I entered the forestry field as an adult, from a different career, in the early 1970s when women were just beginning to take an interest in resource management work. In more than 30 years with several employers at various levels from field timber management to university teaching to technical support, I watched women competently undertaking increasingly responsible jobs, and never observed a single instance of serious sex harassment, or saw any significant obstacles placed in the way of women’s advancement. The door had been unlocked for a long while; all they ever had to do was turn the handle and enter.

April 13, 2019 12:31 am

The problem is of course biology. If both men and women were able to have babies, then we could compare their performance, but nature decided otherwise.

If as a woman gets older, and realises that her biological clock is ticking down, then quite obviously her thinking, and with it her ability to carry out certain jobs, will differ from that of a male colleague.

Because of that possible desire to have a child will mean that she now wants
a job with less hours of work.

Over a lifetime this will mean that she cannot expect to advance in a carrier to the same extent as her male colleagues.


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