If we really cared about the systemic harassment of female workers, former Governor Andrew Cuomo would have been held accountable long ago – due to his very public and widespread failures in this regard. Fortunately, Governor Kathy Hochul has a historic opportunity to bring about systemic change.
We talk about sexism and misogyny as systemic issues, yet more often than not we target our anger at individual behavior. This is understandable on one level; institutional patterns of sexism in hiring and promotions, for example, are not as straightforward or salacious as a governor manipulating the staffing patterns of his police officers to engage in sexual abuse. Yet systemic sexism is more pervasive and pernicious. In the United States, women are routinely humiliated and discriminated against by systems, institutions, and policies that keep us at the bottom of the ladder.