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#MeToo has us asking: What's next?

Today on The Record we're looking at the #MeToo and Time's Up movements here in Washington state. How did we get here and what we can do next?

First, a professor and a former Washington first lady look back on their own careers and tell us whether they believe change is possible in the workplace.

Then we'll head to rural Washington, where women farmworkers are trying to stop what some of them say is rampant and brutal sexual harassment. We'll talk with two former farmworkers about their experiences and what they're doing now to combat the issue.

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And if you're a parent, you're likely thinking about how to talk to your own kids about harassment and consent. We'll talk with two parents who are trying to have those conversations with their sons.

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Real talk from your predecessor

The #MeToo movement focuses on sexual harassment, but when we take a step back and think about it, harassment is part of a larger problem: sexism, racism, anti-LGBTQ attitudes are institutionalized in the workplace.

Worldwide, women still make about 70 percent of men's salaries for the same work. They're less likely to be considered for promotion, and professions that become female-dominated see a decline in compensation.

Less tangibly, many start to internalize the messages: “not tough enough,” “too pushy,” “too emotional,” “not passionate enough.”

Our two guests in this segment know these difficulties first hand.

Guests:

  • Host Marcie Sillman
  • Mona Lee Locke, former journalist and former first lady of Washington state. She's worked in public, private and government sectors.
  • Valerie Curtis-Newton, professor in acting and directing, and the head of performance at the University of Washington. 
  • Kristi Coulter, a Seattle writer who has worked at Amazon for over 10 years.

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Produced by A​mina Al-Sadi

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The ones in the shadows

When "silence breakers" were named TIME's people of the year, among the pop stars and actresses was a woman who helped organize women fruit pickers.

Approximately one in four farmworkers will face sexual harassment on the job. Jeannie Yandel speaks with two former farmworkers who say these women need more than a hashtag to change that.

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Produced by Adwoa Gyimah-Brempong

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Raising the next generation

All of this leads to the main question: What are we going to do about it?

Tween and teenaged boys are going to be the next generation of better men. And to show you we’re serious, we brought your moms in to talk with us.

Guests:

  • Host Bill Radke
  • Jody Allard, managing editor of ParentMap magazine.
  • Sonora Jha, Seattle-based writer who teaches journalism at Seattle University.

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Produced by Jason Pagano

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Resources

King County Sexual Assault Resource Center | 888-998-6423

Hotline for therapy, legal advocates and family services

UW Medicine Center for Sexual Assault & Traumatic Stress | 206-744-1600

Hotline, resources including counseling and medical care

Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs

List of providers across the state that offer free services.

Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN) | 800-656-4673

Hotline and/or online chat with trained staff

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