How Congress Can Take Power From Members Over Sexual Harassment

By Katie Packer Beeson, Contributing Editor for Opinion | Dec. 8, 2017, at 10:05 a.m.

2017 has been a remarkable year for women who have been harassed in the workplace, assaulted by powerful men and abused by a process that has too long protected predators and punished victims.

2017 is the year when women banded together, understanding that their collective voice was too powerful to ignore, and drew a line in the sand, bringing down some of the most powerful men in corporate America, and something tells me it’s only just the beginning. There are likely to be more executives brought down by news of inappropriate behavior in the workplace as companies begin to view these once valuable assets as not only legal and financial liabilities but also public relations disasters waiting to happen.

But there is a collective frustration among women in Washington and in state capitols across the country at the lack of justice when it comes to elected officials. Politics is different because there is no board of directors that can force the principal out of their job. Colleagues can call out their fellow member and hope that the public shame is enough for them to do the right thing and step away. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., and Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., seem to have succumbed to such pressure. Rep. Blake Fahrenthold, R-Texas, and Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev., refuse to step down. And what if they don’t? Read More