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Metoo: a Hashtag Giving Women the Courage to Tell Their Story

When Open House asked prominent Australian business leader Wendy Simpson about the #metoo phenomenon the result was unexpected.

By Stephen O'DohertyThursday 7 Dec 2017Open House InterviewsNewsReading Time: 2 minutes

Listen: Australian business leader Wendy Simpson in conversation with Stephen O’Doherty

The hashtag #metoo has become a social media phenomenon, giving thousands upon thousands of women the courage to reveal their experience of sexual harassment in the workplace. 

Starting with revelations of the abusive ‘casting couch’ culture of Hollywood, revelations of work-related abuse of women now encompass many industry sectors across a global landscape.

Women rightly point out that this is merely an awakening. They have been suffering and complaining about sexist and abusive workplace cultures for years.

What is different about the current situation is that huge numbers of women are coming forward to tell stories that have been hidden for many years, and men in significant positions of leadership are being held accountable for their actions.

What is it about the current environment that has promoted women to come forward?

To get an Australian perspective on this issue Open House went to Wendy Simpson.

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Wendy is a highly accomplished business and community leader. Chair of her own company, Wendy has a distinguished CV that includes senior leadership positions in national and multi-national companies. She holds directorships of key non-profits including World Vision and is a tireless advocate and mentor for women in leadership.

Wendy is a committed Christian who gives her time to many ministries including City to City and the Sydney Prayer Breakfast.

As we found out when we spoke to Wendy about Australian business and the #metoo phenomenon, she has her own #metoo story – one not told before now.