In this op-ed, artist Nancy Bowen discusses the prominent rise of sexual misconduct allegations on college and university campuses, and the mechanisms that allow the accused to stay in power.
Institutions have hired men with predatory reputations and retained them, despite complaints from women students and faculty. All because women haven’t had a strong enough voice in the system.
Sexual harassment at education institutions is a systemic problem…As Susan Faludi eloquently noted in an op-ed piece last winter, we must ‘[fight] the ways the world is structurally engineered against women. Tied to that fight is the difficult and ambiguous labor of building an equitable system within which women have the wherewithal and power to lead full lives.’