Our Campaign for the Everyday Workplace

We’re not celebrities, astronauts or women who make the headlines. We don’t frequent red carpet galas. We don’t own designer black dresses. We don’t have a big media spotlight to help us find justice. But what too many of us do have are lives and careers that have been shattered because we spoke out and insisted on being treated fairly and with respect.

Some of us have recently come forward after years — even decades, when healing has been delayed or denied. And some of us already regret that we ever did, because of the botched and unfeeling responses of the organizations and leaders to whom we reached out.

We are everyday survivors of the everyday workplace — service sector and retail workers, professionals, government employees, students. Some of our horror stories are recent. Others occurred so long ago they are called historical. But the nightmares they produce are still very current. Some of us have recently come forward after years — even decades, when healing has been delayed or denied. And some of us already regret that we ever did, because of the botched and unfeeling responses of the organizations and leaders to whom we reached out.  That’s just one of many untold and unreported #MeToo experiences that the mainstream media don’t cover.

 

Celebrities, media heavyweights and award galas may have their place in raising awareness about sexual misconduct. But our real heroes are the unsung women who stand up against sexual assault, harassment and retaliation in the everyday workplace and against bosses the media have no interest in covering.

Every day, I hear the same question: “Where do we go to get our broken lives and wrecked careers back?” 

Most of us never learn their names. They live their lives away from the spotlight and outside the glare of public scrutiny. They often pay for their decisions to speak out with their careers, their self-esteem and their health. I hear from these women every day.

 

Too many have been forced to abandon careers, or prevented from pursuing them, because they spoke out and now face financial and personal desolation. Every day, I hear the same question: “Where do we go to get our broken lives and wrecked careers back?”

 

Regardless of their backgrounds, education or line of work, these survivors speak with one voice: It’s time to get serious about making the everyday workplace safer and help the forgotten victims of sexual misconduct to rebuild their lives. We call this our campaign for the everyday workplace. It is the driving force behind Zero Now™, and one of the great unmet needs of the #MeToo era.