Ms. Fall 2005 Issue
From North Country To Your Workplace:
Ms. Takes On Sexual Harassment
Until the mid-1970s, most women accepted sexual harassment on the job with a wince and a pained smile. American society had not yet raised its consciousness about the issue, and there were no legal remedies for working women suffering unwanted advances.
But then courageous workers began to talk publicly about sexual harassment, and turned to state and federal courts for relief against this form of workplace discrimination. Over the next 30 years, legal rulings established that sexual harassment indeed violated Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which banned discrimination based on gender.
One of the key battles in sexual harassment law was fought by a hardy group of female miners from Minnesota’s remote Iron Range—a battle that has now come to the screen in the new film North Country. It took nearly two decades, but the miners ultimately were victorious in the first-ever class-action sexual harassment case.
In our Fall issue, Ms. takes on sexual harassment from the Minnesota mines of North Country to your own workplace, wherever it may be. Here’s what you’ll find in our cover package:
- Exclusively in Ms., the director of North Country , Niki Caro (a Ms. Woman of the Year in 2003 who’s best known for Whale Rider) interviews the movie’s star, Charlize Theron.
- Authors Clara Bingham and Laura Leedy Gansler tell the behind-the-scenes story of the long Jenson v. Eveleth case.
- The dramatic history of sexual harassment litigation is recounted by Smith College women’s studies professor Gwendolyn Mink, author of Hostile Environment: The Political Betrayal of Sexually Harassed Women.
- Finally, we’ll let you know what you can do to stop sexual harassment. Marty Langelan, author of Back Off: How to Confront and Stop Sexual Harassment and Harassers, offers a toolkit of 10 anti-harassment techniques that really work.
Online Exclusive! Download your wallet-size anti-harassment toolkit.
Learn more about the Campaign to Stop Sex Harassment