Since the character Plummer is playing is based on a real-life man, there was no option to hire an actress for the role. But, where possible, it’s good practice to put women in the spot. Replacing these men with women has, so far, led to positive results instead of the “incredible drain of talent” that CNN reporter Dylan Byers fretted about on Twitter. All this time, women have been waiting to prove that they can do jobs just as well — if not better — than men. But until now they haven’t had the chance.
That’s partly because sexual harassment keeps women from advancing in their careers in the first place. According to a 2016 report by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 85 percent of women have been harassed at work. As a result, “Whether the industry is media, entertainment, politics, technology or something else, these women say things like: ‘I quit.’ Or, ‘I left that place,’ ” the Harvard Business Review stated in a piece reacting to that 2016 report. In addition, NPR podcast Marketplace Weekend claimed that, among women who have been sexually harassed at work, 80 percent leave to start a new job.