Sexual Harassment in the Cultural Sector: Changing the Balance of Power and Getting What We Deserve

Salaries, Promotions, Mentorship

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On March 12 and 13, 2018, the New Museum organized four workshops on sexual harassment for cultural workers. Read some of the takeaways.

In light of recent, widespread allegations of sexual misconduct in every sector, the New Museum is organizing a series of four workshops in order to provide tools, support, and guidance for both leaders and workers in the arts to combat sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace. Arts workers of all genders are encouraged to attend. Each session will start with a twenty-minute introduction followed by an interactive workshop. Sessions are limited to 100 participants. Each session is $5 to attend. The workshops are organized by Lisa Phillips, Toby Devan Lewis Director, with Johanna Burton, Keith Haring Director and Curator of Education and Public Engagement; Margot Norton, Curator; and Karen Wong, Deputy Director.

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Changing the Balance of Power and Getting What We Deserve: Salaries, Promotions, Mentorship

Sexual harassment is often rooted in power imbalances in the workplace, which are clearly reflected in the gender pay gap. That gap was harshly illuminated recently when it was reported that a female actor earned $1,000 for film reshoots while her male colleague received a $1.5 million fee. Across all industries, women on average are paid 20 percent less than their male counterparts, which can amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars of unrealized income over a lifetime. This session will be led by Annette Richardson, special advisor to United Nations Women, a global champion for gender equality. Richardson will focus on how we value women’s work, tactics for negotiating salaries and promotions, and what resources are available to benchmark one’s economic status. In this workshop, please be prepared to share your own stories and to participate in role-play.

Annette Richardson is Managing Partner at Decade Citizen, strategic advisor, social “disruptor,” and Special Advisor to the Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women. She has launched humanitarian campaigns and development conferences including the United Nations Millennium Campaign’s Stand Up Against Poverty, the World Health Organization’s Deliver Now for Women and Children, the World Innovation Summit, and many more. She is currently coordinating the first UN Women US Road Show. She has received the Ideagen Empowering Women Award (2015), the Humanitarian Innovation Award for Global Partnerships and Women’s Empowerment (2015), the Global Citizen Award (2010), and the Professional Woman of the Year Award by the National Association of Professional Women (2010), and was selected as one of the 200 Most Powerful Minds by Forbes Woman in 2013 and 2014.

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