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The results of a 1976 survey of women about sexual harassment at work remain virtually unchanged in 2017

Ashley Mateo and Kaitlin Menza write, "A new survey shows that 80% of women have experienced sexual harassment at work — which is only a marginal improvement since 1976, when 90% of women reported receiving unwanted attentions at work.

The term 'sexual harassment' was coined by group of female activists at Cornell University; in 1976 Redbook published 'Sex on the Job,' a tear-out questionnaire that readers could answer and mail in. The response was staggering: Over 9,000 women replied, the majority of them married, in their 20s to early 30s, working at white-collar (sales, clerical, secretarial) jobs, and earning $5,000-$10,000 a year (which would be approximately $21,000- $43,000 today). The survey was a landmark moment in the study of sexual harassment; it's since been cited in hundreds of academic articles.

In 2016, asked readers to take the same survey published in the magazine's January 1976 issue (only adjusting a question about average salaries to better reflect today's wages), and 500 online readers responded — the majority of whom are married, in their 20s to early 30s, with office (managerial, administrative, business) jobs, earning $30,000 to $50,000 a year. (While the sample sizes and the methods of response are different, both surveys were conducted specifically among Redbook readers.)"


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