The Internet has transformed the way we confront sexual harassment
As a young astronomer, Joan Schmelz worked alongside men and the pinups they tacked to the lab walls.
She didn’t have a precise vocabulary for the subtle harassment she experienced every day. Schmelz’s supervisor gossiped about her to colleagues and demeaned her, making inappropriate comments that highlighted their uneven power dynamic.
When Schmelz, now a professor of physics at the University of Memphis, began her career in the 1980s, such behavior appeared to be common and acceptable for women in the male-dominated field. Read more…