With the revelations of October and November 2017, the #metoo hashtag has shone the spotlight how far we still need to go as a society. The question of women’s rights is also a matter of human rights. We cannot equivocate on the issue. Women should not have to face the fear of sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic violence, or policies aimed at taking away fundamental rights to autonomy over their bodies.
On most social issues, I believe firmly that a minimum of governmental intrusion into our lives is the appropriate policy; the government’s role is not to dictate personal choices. However, when fully half of our population is at risk, we must take steps to protect our citizens. That will take the form of enforcing the laws that exist, and looking at whether requirements like workplace training are having an impact. This is also a failure of leadership at the highest levels of our government. The Congress, the Executive Branch, and the Judicial Branch all need to step up, take a hard look at our own behavior and culture, and take real steps to change it. Above all, we must call out those in our lives who fail to meet the standards of behavior every human being must recognize.