Nearly Two-Thirds of Industry’s Female Writers Have Been Sexually Harassed On the Job, New Survey Finds

IndieWire | 7/26/2018 | Staff
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In February of this year, the WGA West sent a survey to its membership to inquire about their experiences with sexual harassment over the course of their careers, and the results have been revealed. Deadline has published the survey’s findings, including responses that hold “64% of female writers say they’ve experienced sexual harassment sometime in their careers,” and that “a significant amount of the harassment writers experience occurs in the writers’ room.” The survey also found that “11% of male writers said that they too had experienced sexual harassment on the job,” and that “many more writers have witnessed harassment.”

More than 2,000 of the guild’s members responded to the survey, which comprises about a fifth of the guild’s total active membership. In a statement to Deadline, the guild commented that the survey results “have given us a sobering, first-person insight into the conditions that make addressing the issue both essential and urgent.”

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