This Week in Women: Sexual Harassment, Sexual Exploitation and Economic Justice

This Week in Women is part of a series produced in partnership between Ms. and the Fuller Project for International Reporting. This column is also part of a newsletter by Across Women’s Lives. Sign up and receive it regularly here.  

If you can bear the fury, listen to disgraced Fox News host Bill O’Reilly come face to face with the young (and female) NYTimes reporter Emily Steel earlier this week, who broke the story that ended his career. Meanwhile, over at Marie Claire online, read about the female newsroom team that took down Harvey Weinstein. 

On Wednesday, CNN broke the story that famed political journalist Mark Halperin is accused of sexual harassment by five women who worked with him when he was political director at ABC News. Clarissa Ward rushed to support the unnamed accusers; and NYTimes’ Jodi Kantor tweeted why it matters, saying Halperin, Ailes, O’Reilly and Weinstein were “our culture’s key storytellers, shaping our ideas of gender, authority, power & much more.” Watch Halperin in 2016 excusing allegations that Donald Trump sexually harassed dozens of women over several decades. Note how none of his co-hosts challenged him as he spoke. 

With this powerful WIRED article from Russia by The Fuller Project’s Yulia James and Sophia Jones, we understand that sexual assault and violence against Russian women happens with impunity. In fact, women who step forward are punished. 

Looking beyond our shores, actress Brit Marling in The Atlantic argues that economic equality between men and women is vital to stopping sexual exploitation. It’s a compelling argument. 

In New Zealand, she’s young, female, powerful and critical of capitalism. Jacinda Ardern grabbed our attention earlier this week when she rose to become New Zealand’s prime minister, and took aim at economic inequality right away.

For years The Fuller Project team has reported on efforts to allow more women to play sports. This week, we learned that women soccer coaches account for only seven percent of all licensed soccer coaches worldwide. The Lily has that story.

There’s so much more happening each week that matters to women. Please share this post—and encourage your friends to sign up to get our newsletter.

Christina Asquith is founder and editor-in-chief of The Fuller Project for International Reporting.



Carmen Rios is a self-proclaimed feminist superstar and the former digital editor at Ms. Her writing on queerness, gender, race and class has been published in print and online by outlets including BuzzFeed, Bitch, Bust, CityLab, DAME, ElixHER, Feministing, Feminist Formations, GirlBoss, GrokNation, MEL, Mic, the National Women’s History Museum, SIGNS and the Women’s Media Center; and she is a co-founder of Webby-nominated Argot Magazine. @carmenriosss|