Margaret Mitchell Responds to Representative Marcy Kaptur’s Comments About Sexual Harassment.


12/15/17 – Cleveland OH

Yesterday YWCA Greater Cleveland President and CEO Margaret Mitchell responded to controversial remarks made by Ohio Democratic Representative, Marcy Kaptur.

Kaptur said in a private meeting that revealing clothes worn by staffers and some members of Congress are an “invitation” for sexual harassment.

Mitchell believes that Kaptur’s statement represents a common misconception that needs to be corrected.

“A woman’s clothing is not a precursor to her being sexually harassed. That is something that is about power.”


“A woman’s clothing is not a precursor to her being sexually harassed. That is something that is about power.”


Mitchell stated that one of the most important steps we can take to change the prevailing culture of harassment in the workforce is to empower women to take on leadership roles in their organizations. This requires that established leaders mentor and support women as they move throughout their careers.

In 2017 0nly 32 Fortune 500 companies are lead by female CEOs. This represents a significant increase from 2016 when there were only 21 female CEOs and only two women of color.

Women in congress are also significantly underrepresented, holding only 19.4% of U.S. congressional seats. Sexual harassment thrives in male dominated environments, making increasing the number of women in leadership roles a critical step in creating culture change.

Mitchell encouraged women to identify and report harassment in their companies and organizations as well as seek out the support they need.

“It is important to teach young women how to speak up for themselves and identify sexual harassment.”

YWCA Greater Cleveland is dedicated to helping women achieve success in their careers and addressing the unique challenges women face in the workplace. Our Women’s Leadership Institute aims to give women at all stages of their careers detailed tools to help them advance in their careers and break the glass ceiling.

The Women’s Leadership Institute consists of three leadership development programs—Boot Camp, Quest, and Momentum—designed to bring together women from varying backgrounds, organizations and phases of their careers to deepen their self-awareness and self-management to become more effective and productive leaders. The result of each program is empowered women—entry level to senior leaders—able to leverage their capacity, overcome obstacles and take confident strides toward higher levels of organizational leadership.

If you are interested in learning more about YWCA Greater Cleveland’s Women’s Leadership Institute please click HERE.

YWCA Greater Cleveland also provides a Women’s Leadership Workshop series that empowers women to turn challenges into career-building opportunities. Sessions begin in January of 2018 and go through June of 2018. Click HERE to learn more or HERE to register.


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