Sexual harassment of Washington women journalists

McAdams, Katherine C.; Beasley, Maurine H.
January 1994
Newspaper Research Journal;Winter1994, Vol. 15 Issue 31, p127
Academic Journal
The article presents information on a study that determines the extent and nature of the problem among women accredited to the daily press gallery in the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. Sexual harassment of women in the workplace is as old as the paid employment of women. Yet it has failed to be perceived as a significant public issue until relatively recently. Although outlawed under the 1964 Civil Rights Act, sexual harassment was not specifically addressed by the federal government until 1980. A survey questionnaire for women in the Washington press corps was designed, including questions to determine if sexual harassment was perceived to be a problem, if members of the press had actually experienced such harassment and what circumstances in the journalistic workplace protected women from sexual harassment. This study reveals the existence of sexual harassment as an issue for women members of the Washington press corps. Although the response rate was relatively low for a mail survey (37 percent), it was a satisfying return rate from an elite group and the percentage of respondents identifying sexual harassment as a problem was high (80 percent).


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