This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Megan Kamerick sits down with Lin Farley, whose book, “Sexual Shakedown: The Sexual Harassment of Women on the Job,” was first published in the late 1970s. For years women in the workplace faced unwanted sexual advances and physical or verbal abuse based on their gender. In 1975, that behavior was finally named “sexual harassment.” Lin Farley coined the term while she was an instructor at Cornell University and used it publicly for the first time at a hearing of the New York City Human Rights Commission. Farley now lives in Santa Fe, and she came to the NMiF studio to talk about what needs to happen to create a truly equal workplace without harassment.
And host Gene Grant and the Line opinion panel look at the effects the brief government shutdown had on New Mexico, and discuss what might occur when the three-week stopgap ends. They also look at calls from New Mexico Senator Linda Lopez for Education Secretary-Designate Christopher Ruszkowski to resign over a comment he made praising Manifest Destiny, and debate the need for local governments to hire lobbyists to chase after money from the state government.
Lin Farley, author and workplace harassment expert
Mark Boitano, former NM state senator
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Sophie Martin, attorney
Stephanie Maez, executive director of ProgressNow New Mexico