Let's Break the Silence Around Sexual Harassment

Keeping quiet about sexual harassment is the worst way to put an end to it.

Sarah Thomas, Director, Women in Comms

March 8, 2018

2 Min Read
Let's Break the Silence Around Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is a big problem in the tech industry for many reasons, but one that's becoming increasingly clear is that the culture of silence around it is still very much an issue.

Women in Comms' upcoming networking breakfast event in Denver is on the subject of combatting sexual harassment and -- for the first time in over 15 events -- we've had some trouble getting speakers on board. It's not for a lack of interest, but rather because their companies -- either the HR or PR departments -- won't let them speak on the subject. They say it's "too controversial" and, let's be honest, they're afraid about the legal ramifications. (See Time's Up in Tech: Ending Sexual Harassment in the Workplace .)

This, in my opinion, is the reason this event is more important than ever. Not talking about sexual harassment is why it's been allowed to become such a rampant problem. Fear of legal, professional and interpersonal repercussions has kept women quiet too long. It's not a controversial subject! We are all against sexual harassment. Keeping quiet about it only allows it to continue.

Don’t keep quiet! Join Women in Comms for an important morning of networking and discussion at our annual WiC networking breakfast event in Denver on March 22. Let's put an end to sexual harassment in the workplace. There's still time to register for this free event!

Luckily, we have four brave and committed women who are willing to speak on the subject: Heather Gold, president and CEO of Fiber Broadband Alliance; Carole Santerre, director of advanced technology operations at Shaw Communications Inc. ; Senior Marketing Executive Liza Adams; and Executive Producer Janet Leahy, who was one of the original writers and producers for The Cosby Show and is going to share her story with us.

Today is International Women's Day and it's as good a time as ever to remind us that we can't fix problems if we can't discuss them. Pretending it doesn't exist isn't going to do anyone good, and if a company is truly committed to helping women in the workforce, their PR and HR departments would agree. (See Another Reason to Promote Women in Comms.)

Join us in Denver to make your voice heard. Register for free here.

— Sarah Thomas, Director, Women in Comms

About the Author(s)

Sarah Thomas

Director, Women in Comms

Sarah Thomas's love affair with communications began in 2003 when she bought her first cellphone, a pink RAZR, which she duly "bedazzled" with the help of superglue and her dad.

She joined the editorial staff at Light Reading in 2010 and has been covering mobile technologies ever since. Sarah got her start covering telecom in 2007 at Telephony, later Connected Planet, may it rest in peace. Her non-telecom work experience includes a brief foray into public relations at Fleishman-Hillard (her cussin' upset the clients) and a hodge-podge of internships, including spells at Ingram's (Kansas City's business magazine), American Spa magazine (where she was Chief Hot-Tub Correspondent), and the tweens' quiz bible, QuizFest, in NYC.

As Editorial Operations Director, a role she took on in January 2015, Sarah is responsible for the day-to-day management of the non-news content elements on Light Reading.

Sarah received her Bachelor's in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She lives in Chicago with her 3DTV, her iPad and a drawer full of smartphone cords.

Away from the world of telecom journalism, Sarah likes to dabble in monster truck racing, becoming part of Team Bigfoot in 2009.

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