NEW YORK CITY, NY – On Tuesday, Meryl Streep stated that if women were in the top rank positions of companies, sexual harassment would’ve never happened and aren’t tolerated in the media industry.
The Oscar-winning actress was joined at the panel interview by The Post director Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, her co-star. She stated that a 50/50 division of men and women at the highest positions of different companies and industries is a necessity.
She said that there are tons of opportunities at the bottom level and the middle management and it is really a necessity to open opportunities for women to lead at the top level management. Currently, women only account for 17 percent to 20 percent of the board from the Senate to the Supreme Court.
Meryl Streep emphasized that it’s crucial for more women to be at the decision-making levels since everything is filtered down from the top level.
The Golden Globe-nominated film, ‘The Post,’ tells about the story of the Washington Post publisher named Katharine Graham which was played by Meryl Streep and editor-in-chief, Ben Bradlee, played by Tom Hanks. The story is about their decision to print some classified information from the Pentagon regarding the details about the United States’ government information on the Vietnam War.
Meryl Streep stated that women are regarded as a lesser creature when Katharine Graham controlled the newspaper publishing during the 1960s at that time, and after a half-century, it is still slightly true.
Meryl Streep also stated that her flight to New York was piloted by a woman, however, when passengers knew that their pilot was a woman, they had some slight discomfort.
Gender bias is still prevalent in the workplace and equality issue wouldn’t be a quick fix.
The 3-time Oscar awardee also stated that she still experiences sexism. She still encounters such men of different ages — not exactly those who are as old as Harvey Weinstein and the other alleged predators who abused their power in harassing women.
Harvey Weinstein Allegations
Harvey Weinstein is known to be an American film producer and had produced various independent films, including Sex, Lies, and Videotape. However, he is alleged to be harassing women at the industry. Presently, there are 82 women that he had victimized.
The 82 women include Amber Anderson, Lysette Anthony, Asia Argento, Rosanna Arquette, Jessica Barth, Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, Kate Beckinsale, Juls Bindi, Zoe Brock, Cynthia Burr, Liza Campbell, Marisa Coughlan, Hope Exinerd’Amore, Florence Darel, Emma de Caunes, Juliana De Paula, Cara Delevingne, Sophie Dix Lacey Dorn, Dawn Dunning, Lisa Esco, Alice Evans, Lucia Evans, Angie Everhart, Claire Forlani, Romola Garai, Louisette Geiss, Louise Godbold, Judith Godreche, Trish Goff, Heather Graham, Eva Green, Larissa Gomes, Mimi Haleyi, Daryl Hannah, Lena Headey, Natasha Henstridge, Lauren Holly, Paz de la Huerta, Dominique Huett, Angelina Jolie, Ashley Judd, Katherine Kendall, Minka Kelly, Heather Kerr, Mia Kirshner, Myleene Klass, Ivana Lowell, Laura Madden, Natassia Malthe, Brit Marling, Sarah Ann Masse, Ashley Matthau, Rose McGowan, Katya Mtsitouridze, Emily Nestor, Gwyneth Paltrow and more.
The harassment will carry on if not addressed properly. Mary Streep believes there is something women can do to stop this affliction in the media industry.