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United States Resources

Today there are thousands of resources available on the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace, in schools, and in other areas of life.

In this section the resources listed first are those that specifically relate to the United States, followed by those resources that relate to the global community. The list includes resources not only related to sexual harassment, but about other gender issues and the problems of men and women everywhere. The value and usefulness of each resource is left to the discretion of the reader.

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Organizations and Associations

Federal: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is an independent agency established by federal statute, the 1964 Civil Rights Act, to deal with claims violating the federal laws protecting equal opportunity in employment. Sexual harassment claims are brought before the EEOC, which must investigate, make findings, attempt to resolve the conflict between the parties by informal conciliation, and if conciliation fails, to either bring an enforcement action in federal district court or issue a right to sue letter to the complainant to bring a private legal action.

States and Municipalities: Most states and many municipal governments have local agencies, usually called Human Rights Commissions, responsible for insuring compliance with state and local laws and ordinances related to discrimination in employment and other areas such as housing. The power, authority, and scope of each agency varies.

Contact The Employers Association for more information.

U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board. Sexual Harassment In The Federal Government: An Update. U.S. Government Printing Office, 1988 is a comprehensive study of sexual harassment in the federal sector. It nearly duplicated in methodology and in findings, the results of the Merit Systems' 1980 study on sexual harassment.

*Most information regarding agencies in other countries who are responsible for handling sexual harassment came from the International Labour Organization's publication, Combating Sexual Harassment at Work. For more information see the section in this chapter on Worldwide Resources.

Resource Materials

Male/Female Roles: Opposing Viewpoints. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, Inc., 1989.

Sexual Harassment: Current Controversies. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, Inc., 1992.

Sexual Values: Opposing Viewpoints. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, Inc., 1989.

Sexual Violence Facts and Statistics. The Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assualt, ICASA 123 South Seventh Street, Suite 500, Springfield, IL 62701, 1993.

Backhouse, Connie. Fighting Sexual Harassment: An Advocacy Handbook. Cambridge: Alliance Against Sexual Coercion, 1981.

Backhouse, Constance and Leah Cohen. Sexual Harassment On The Job: How To Avoid The Working Woman's Nightmare. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1981.

Bell, Ruth, ed. Changing Bodies Changing Lives. New York: Random House, 1980.

Bravo, Ellen and Ellen Cassedy. The 9 to 5 Guide to Combating Sexual Harassment. New York: Wiley, 1992.

Burton, Clare. The Promise & The Price: The Struggle For Equal Opportunity In Women's Employment. Sydney, Australia: Allen & Unwin, 1991.

Clarke, Elissa. Stopping Sexual Harassment. Detroit: Labor Education and Research Project, 1980.

Coeli Meyer, Mary and Jeanne Oestriech, Frederick J. Collins, and Inge Berchtold. Sexual Harassment. New York: Petrocelli Books, Inc., 1981.

Cooper, Ph.D., Kenneth C. Stop It Now: How Targets & Managers Can End Sexual Harassment. St. Lois: Total Communications Press, 1985.

Copeland, Lois and Leslie R. Wolfe. " Violence Against Women as Bias Motivated Hate Crime: Defining the Issues. Washington ,DC: Center for Women Policy Studies, 1991.

Farley, Lin. Sexual Shakedown. New York: Warner Communications Company, 1978.

Flerchinger, Billie Jo and Jennifer J. Fay. Top Secret. Santa Cruz: Network Publication, King County Rape Relief, 1982. -Top Secret: A Discussion Guide. Santa Cruz: Network Publication, King County Rape Relief, 1985.

Gilligan, Carol. In A Different Voice. Cambridge: Havard University Press, 1982.

Griffin, Thomas M. "Sexual Harrassment and Title IX." West's Education Law Reporter 18 (1984): 513-520.

Gutek, Barbara A. Sex And The Workplace. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Inc. Publishers, 1985.

Harragan, B.L. "Sexual Harrassment-Put Out or Get Out." In Games Mother Never Taught You: Corporate Gamesmanship for Woman. New York: Warner Communications Company, 1979.

Horn, Patrice D. and Jack C. Horn. Sex In The Office: Power and Passion In The Workplace. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 1982.

MacKinnon, Catharine A. Sexual Harassment of Working Women: A Case of Sex Discrimination. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1979.

Mead, Margaret. "A Proposal: We Need Taboos on Sex at Work." Redbook (April 1978): 31, 33,38.

Mezey-Gluck, Susan. In Pursuit of Equality. New York: Yale St. Martin's Press, 1991.

Nieva, V.F. and Barbara A. Gutek. Women and Work: A Phsycological Perspective. New York: Praeger, 1981.

Paludi, Michele, ed. Working 9 to 5: Women, Men, Sex, and Power. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1991.

Paludi, Michele A., and Richard B. Barickman. Academic and Workplace Sexual Harassment : Resource Manual. Ithaca: State University of New York Press, 1992.

Petrocelli, William and Barbara Kate Repa. Sexual Harassment On The Job. Berkeley: Nolo Press, 1992.

Phelps, Timothy M. and Helen Winternitz. Capital Games: Clarence Thomas, Anita Hill, and the Story of a Supreme Court Nomination. Westport, CT: Hyperion, 1992.

Powell, Elizabeth. Talking Back to Sexual Pressure. Minneapolis: CompCare Publishers, 1991.

Rossein, Merrick. "Sex Discrimination and the Sexually Charged Work Environment." The New York University Review of Law and Social Change 9 (Fall 1981): 271-305.

Rowe, Mary P. "Ideas for Action: Dealing with Sexual Harrassment." Harvard Business Review 59:3 (May-June 1981): 42-46.

Safran, Claire. "What Men Do to Women on the Job: A Shocking Look at Sexual Harrassment." Redbook (November 1976): 149, 217-223.

Sargent, Alice. Beyond Sex Roles. New York: West Publishing, 1977.

Schwartz, Felice N. Breaking With Tradition: Women and Work, The New Facts of Life. New York: Warner Books, Inc. 1992.

Siegel, Deborah L. Sexual Harassment: Research and Resources. New York: The National Council for Research on Women, 1991.

Sumrall, Amber Coverdale and Dena Taylor, Andrea Dworkin, and Margaret Randall. Sexual Harassment: Women Speak Out. Freedom, CA: The Crossing Press, 1992.

Wagner, Ellen J. Sexual Harassment In The Workplace: How to Prevent, Investigate, and Resolve Problems in Your Organization. New York: AMACOM, 1992.

Webb, Susan L. Step Forward: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace. New York: Mastermedia, 1991.


Organizations and Associations

American Association of University Women Legal Advocacy Fund; 1111 16th Street N.W. Washington, D.C. 20036. 202/785-7744 funds sexual harassment cases brought by university women students, faculty and staff against institutions of higher education.

American Federation of Teachers (AFT); Human Rights Department 555 New Jersey Avenue N.W. Washington, D.C. 20001. 202/879-4400 provides a booklet on sexual harassment, which is available to AFT union members.

Center for AfroAmerican Studies; c/o Elsa Barkely Brown, University of Michigan: Ann Arbor, MI 48109. 313/747-4887 provides information on activities of African American women in response to the sexist and racist treatment of Anita Hill.

Center for Research on Women; Clement Hall Memphis State University Memphis, TN 38152. 901/678-2770 conducts, disseminates, and promotes research in the field of women's studies focusing on southern women and women of color in the United States. It operates a computerized information retrieval service called the Research Clearinghouse which contains more than two thousand entries of books, jounal articles, unpublished manuscripts, and multimedia materials. The Center publishes a Newsletter, as well as Southern Women and Research Clearinghouse Publications two times a year, and Research Papers three times a year. It also publishes the book Selected Bibliography of Social Science Readings on Women of Color.

Center for Research on Women; Sexual Harassment in Schools Project, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA 02181. 616/283-2500 is directed by Nan Stein with the purpose of examining and remedying sexual harassment in the school systems.

Center for Women in Government; University of Albany, Draper Hall 310 135 Western Avenue Albany, NY 12222. 518/442-3900 provides sexual harassment training for New York state employees and serves workers nationwide through training videos, digests of important sexual harassment cases and laws, and pamphlets on sexual harassment.

Center for Women Policy Studies; 2000 P Street N.W., Suite 508 Washington, D.C. 20036. 202/872-1770 focuses on policy issues affecting the social, legal, and economic status of women and offers publications on sexual harassment, peer harassment, and campus rape, including a guide for women students who encounter harassment. Publishes over 100 papers originally issued by the Association of American Colleges, including the first nationally distributed papers on sexual harassment in academia.

College and University Personnel Association; 1233 20th Street N.W. Washington, D.C. 20036. 202/429-0311 ext. 23 provides a book on sexual harassment in business, industry and education, and a video on sexual harassment in higher education.

Kidpower; P.O. Box 1212 Santa Cruz, CA 95061. 408/426-4407 provides referrals to local programs to help children become safer and more confident through effective self-defense skills. Workshops also for parents, teachers and others on how to teach children these skills.

National Association for Women in Education; 1325 18th Street N.W., Suite 210 Washington, D.C. 20036. 202/659-9330 provides materials on sexual harassment on college campuses.

National Education Association (NEA); Human and Civil Rights Department 1201 16th Street N.W. Washington, D.C. 20036. 202/833-4000 provides training, videos and brochures on sexual harassment, available to union members only. Contact local or state NEA offices for more information.

Project Esteem; The Hawaii Department of Education; 1390 Miller Street, Suite 416, Honolulu, HI 96813 providesSexual Harassment: It's Uncool, a dramatic poster to spark discussion. The poster includes a definition of sexual harassment and reporting information.

Project of the Center for the Study of Communication; University of Massachusettes at Amherst, Foundation for Media Education, P.O. Box 2008, Amherst, MA 01004-2002. 413/545-2341 provides information on gender issues.

Resource Materials


It's Not Fun- It's Illegal: The Identification and Prevention of Sexual Harassment to Teenagers, a curriculum.(1988). Free. Minnesota Department of Education, 522 Capital Square Building,550 Cedar Street, St. Paul, MN 55101. 612/297-2792.

Ivory Power: Sexual Harassment on Campus. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1990.

Sex Equity Handbook for Schools. New York: Longman, 1982.

Sexual Harassment in Employment and Education; a manual (1992). $15.00. Northwest Women's Law Center, 119 South Main Street, Suite 330, Seattle, WA 98104-2515. 206/682-9552.

Sexual Harassment and Teens; a manual (1992). $17.95. Free Spirit Publishing Inc., 400 First Avenue , North, Suite 616, Minneapolis, MN 55401. 612/338-2068.

Tune In To Your Rights: A Guide for Teen-agers About Turning Off Sexual Harassment. : P.E.O 1005 School of Education, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor , MI 48109-1259. 313/763-9910 (fax)313/963-1229.

Who's Hurt and Who's Liable: Sexual Harassment in Massachusetts Schools: A Curriculum and Guide for School Personnel. (1986). Free. Massachusetts Department of Education, ATTN: Bureau of Equity and Language Services, 1385 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA 02169-5138. 617/770-7545.

Adams, Caren, et al. No Is Not Enough: Helping Teen-agers Avoid Sexual Assault. San Luid Obispo, CA: Impact Publishers, 1984.

Benson, Donna and Gregg Thomson. Sex, Gender and Power: Sexual Harassment on a University Campus. Berkeley: University of California, 1979.

Center for Sex Equity in Schools. "Sexual Harassment Is No Laughing Matter." Title IX Line: Special Issue (Fall 1983). Ann Arbor: University of Michigan School of Education.

Croninger, Bob and Barbra Morriss, and Eleanor Lin, and Jacquie Terpstra. Tune In To Your Rights... A Guide for Teenagers About Turning Off Sexual Harassment. Michigan: Regents of the University of Michigan, 1985.

de Nys, Mary, and Leslie R. Wolfe. "Learning Her Place: Sex Bias in the Elementary School Classroom." Peer Report 5 (Autumn 1985).

Dzeich-Wright, Billie and Linda Weiner. The Lecherous Professor: Sexual Harassment on Campus. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 1992.

Field, Anne. "Harassment on Campus: Sex in a Tenured Position?" MS. (September 1989): 68-73, 100-102.

Fitzgerald, Louise F. Sexual Harassment in Higher Education: Concepts & Issues. National Education Association, 1992.

Hall, Roberta, and Bernice Sandler. "The Classroom Climate: A Chilly One for Women?" Paper written for the project on the Status and Education of Women, Association of America Colleges, 1982.

Kaser, Joyce and Marlene Ross. "Preventing Sexual Harassment of School Employees." Educational Leadership (November 1983): 53-57.

National Advisory Council on Women's Educational Programs. A Report on the Sexual Harrassment of Students. Washington, DC: NACWEP, U.S. Department of Education, 1980.

Project on the Status and Education of Women. Sexual Harrassment: A Hidden Issue. Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges, 1978. Riley, Susan. A Fair Shot/An Equal Chance. Quincy: Project SCOPE, Massachusetts Department of Education, 1980.

Sadker, Myra and David Sadker. " Sexism in the Classroom." Vocational Education Journal (October 1985): 30-32.

Stein, Nan D., Ed. D. " It Happens Here Too: Sexual Harrassment in the Schools." Education Week ( November 17, 1991): 32,25.

Strauss, Susan. Sexual Harrassment to Teenagers: It's Not Fun/It's Illegal. St. Paul: Minnesota Department of Education, Equal Educational Opportunities Section, 1987.

Strauss, Susan with Pamela Espeland. Sexual Harassment and Teens. Minneapolis: Free Sprint Publishing, Inc., 1992.

Stringer, Gayle M. and Deanna Rants-Rodriguez. So What's It to Me? Sexual Assualt Information for Boys. Renton, WA: King County Rape Relief, 1987.

Till, F.J. Sexual Harrassment: A Report On the Sexual Harrassment of Students. Washington, DC: National Advisory Council on Women's Educational Programs, 1980.

Toufexis, Anastasia. "Our Violent Kids." Time (June 12, 1989): 52-58.

Vandell, Kathy and Lauren Fishbein. " Equitable Treatment of Girls and Boys in the Classroom," a brief prepared for the American Association of University Women, 1989.


Dreamworld: Desire/Sex/power in Rock Video is a powerful one-hour video depicting images from a variety of music videos. The accompanying narration describes the patterns in the images and how they contribute to attitudes about women as easy prey for sexual assualt.

No Laughing Matter: High School Students and Sexual Harassment. (1982) is a 25-minute videotape which presents the stories of three high school teens who are involved in incidents of sexual harassment at school and work. Comments by teachers and administrators regarding the prevention of sexual harassment are interspersed with the stories. $25.00. Massachusetts Department of Education, ATTN: Bureau of Educational Technologies, 1385 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA 02169-5183. 617/770-7508.

Touch (video for grades K-6) and No Easy Answer (curriculum and video for grades 6-12) deal with sexual abuse prevention. The half-hour videos can be used alone or to supplement existing abuse prevention programs in schools, churches, and community groups.


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