NIH Reforms Move like Molasses

After almost 40% of women trainees reported being sexually harassed on the job, the NIH pledged to rethink its policies.
People with disabilities, young women and LGBT+ people were most vulnerable.
A working group report urged speedy reforms, like establishing safe channels to report harassment. But some changes are trickier—like requiring sexual harassment training at grant recipients’ institutions—and the agency has been criticized for moving too slowly.
“I’ll be satisfied when harassment is as intolerable as pulling out a cigarette in front of the NIH director and asking if it’s ok to smoke,” says BethAnn McLaughlin, of MeTooSTEM.

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