On ABC' last night, Diane Sawyer opened the door and turned on the light in "Hidden America."
What became visible was the extent of sexual harassment and verbal abuse women deal with in low-status jobs. Those include waiting tables, cleaning hotel rooms, and driving large trucks.
No, #MeToo is not just about what females had to endure and probably are still enduring in glam slots like television anchor and actress.
The stories were horrific.
One rig driver carries a knife. Another was warned by her trainer that if she didn't deliver on sex he wouldn't recommend she pass. For those showers in truck stops, they usually are vigilant. Some arm themselves.
Cleaning women at one lodging chain now are equipped with alert devices. It had been so common for men to assume that access to them came as an amenity with the price of the room. When they press the button, security rushes to help them. Unfortunately, most motels don't provide that kind of alarm system.
All the women were struggling to just make a living. Some, such as the rig drivers, made a relatively good living - about $70,000. Yet, they too, like those associated with allegations against the Weinstein types, were expected to pay with sexual favors in order to play the game.
By outing the conditions women have to put up just to make ends meet, Sawyer has become a hero to all women. Hopefully, the sisterhood will be powerful on this one.
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