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The public affairs industry shapes our world—its shocking treatment of women harms us all

New research reveals that 1 in 4 women working in public affairs report experiencing sexual harassment at work. That's not just bad news for those working in the industry, but for public policy, too

By Stephanie Boland  

Women's ideas in public affairs can go on to impact policy. Photo: Prospect composite

Two years on from #metoo, the question of what has actually changed is at the centre of conversations around women, harassment and the workplace.

Most recently, activists and staffers working in Westminster have made headlines for their attempts to combat gendered discrimination and violence across politics, including via an anonymous dedicated helpline.

At the BBC, claims of pay discrimination have coalesced into a long-running and multi-faceted campaign over women’s earnings, with the press this week widely…

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