There is a column in the Financial Post that walks lockstep with the Post’s narrative that #MeToo is a bad thing.
#MeToo opened up a crypt of horrors: it exposed that even female CEOs faced abuse from their male colleagues in the workplace.
It was a movement that is flawed, but long overdue.
Because women endured, and it didn’t make it go away. They broke glass ceilings, but it didn’t go away. They filed complaints with HR, it didn’t go away. They sued in court, it didn’t go away.
So, for the first time, women decided to air this problem and then they decided they, too just weren’t going to go away.
That is not a minor victory. That is a major key breakthrough victory of a major battle in the war against workplace terrorism.
But it wasn’t the end of the war, and the columnist — who is a workplace lawyer who is usually more sensible — treats the next battle as proof that #MeToo was a bad thing for the workplace.
No, women couldn’t get to this stage unless they won a key battle of exposing the serious problem out in public, the place where the workplace terrorists were revealed to be as such, and didn’t have lawyers who could make the problem go away or, have the boor in question pay anyone off.
Now, it is a new battle, which is part of that victory.
A war is fought in battles. You do not fight once, and then everything works out perfectly as everyone Learns A Valuable Lesson and stops being a predator.
So now there is a new battle, and this is one that women can win — and win far easier than the one before it.
First, it is illegal to discriminate against gender in the workplace — so if a corporation doesn’t mentor its female employees and doesn’t groom and promote them to be CEOs, there are resources to penalize their illegal and oppressive behavior. They cannot use fear as an excuse for withholding what an employee has earned.
We can expose these companies, and demand that they make public the percentage and proportion of women who get trained, groomed, and promoted — if it is anything less than 50%, we can take them to court, and as women are the driving force in the economy, they can boycott those businesses.
We can demand that women be trained and mentored effectively — so the excuse that men are too afraid is hogwash.
What you have is a passive aggressive retaliation tactic to prevent women from giving them what they have earned — with interest.
And unlike #MeToo, this battle is easier to win.
So if the executives and board of directors are too male and too white, I have the recourse of not doing business with them — and making my reasons for my boycott public.
Women have and can buy stocks for the specific purpose of demanding that executive bonuses be directly tied in to the number of women (minorities, what have you) that are mentored and promoted.
So far from this being a bad thing, it is a great thing to happen to workforces. We can hold HR accountable for methods of dealing with workplace terrorism. We can strategically spend our money to favour those whose power structure reflects the real world.
You don’t retreat after you won a battle — you move forward ready to win the next one.
And if there is a setback, you regroup, learn from your mistakes, and fight again and again until you win.
You do not earn a major victory and then surrender to the forces you humbled. That is patently ridiculous, and there is no time for being afraid when there is a legitimate chance of turning bad workplaces into good ones that progress and thrive…