U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao is channeling her inner Elsa this week, telling victims of sexual harassment that, when it comes to workplace misconduct, they should simply “let it go”.
Chao shared her opinions at the Politico’s Women Rule Summit on Tuesday, stating that she had also been a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace.
“The person is still here; they’re still around,” she said of the unwanted encounter. She then told women how they should handle dealing with sexual harassment should they find themselves in a similar situation.
“I will fight for other women and I will stand up for other women, but, of your own, you gotta let it go,” Chao said. “Because otherwise, it’s too corrosive, it’s too negative, and it does you a double injury because it holds you back.”
While there may be some truth to her words, many felt that it lacked the sympathy these situations typically call for; in addition, her philosophy, while pragmatic, does little to incite real change in the workplace that would benefit victims of workplace misconduct.
Netizens shared their thoughts on her advice:
The women of America’s response to Elaine Chao’s statement pic.twitter.com/t8xFLtMvnz
— Tammy Dowden (@TRDowden) December 5, 2017
And folks wonder why women do not come forward with these stories sooner, or at all.
Your message to women is: “harassment happens, it will continue to happen, and you should not bother doing anything about it.”
Shame on you, Elaine Chao, because this makes you complicit. https://t.co/wqWUm8evO8
— Matthew Berger (@drnoir33) December 5, 2017
I have one question for #ElaineChao If you had a daughter who was sexually assaulted or harassed, would you tell her to let it go? In a way , these women who accused trump or roy moore r letting it out. Heavy baggage to carry around for years. The people in power are on notice! https://t.co/atWNJQcfv8
— Phyllis Silver (@PhyllisSilver) December 5, 2017
Elaine CHAO hell awaits a woman who would say this kind of thing -really women should ignore harassment in the workplace- what the hell Elaine? Cabinet level horribleness.
— Barbara Malmet (@B52Malmet) December 5, 2017
President Trump’s Transportation Secretary and Mitch McConnell’s wife Elaine Chao told attendees at a women’s conference that women who have experienced sexual harassment or other misconduct in the workplace have to “let it go” and move on with their lives. pic.twitter.com/N9wbmnwmTD
— RANDY DEABAY (@randydeabay) December 5, 2017
@ElaineChao Heard about your remarks at the Summit Today. Wow you are a real piece of shit! Turn in your V, you have no business calling yourself a woman. Saying you support women when then advocating on the behalf of molesters and predators. #Disgraceful
— Christine (@cvp1024) December 5, 2017
He’s still here, she said. Rather than protecting other women, she’ll keep quiet cause it isn’t happening to her anymore @ElaineChao COWARD!
— MS (@grandma_mickey) December 5, 2017
I think most women would tell Elaine Chao to take her advice and go to hell with it. And take that piece of garbage she is married to with her.
— Elizabeth Williams (@libbygardens) December 5, 2017
What do you think? Should women fight against sexual harassment in the workplace, or should they take Chao’s advice and “let it go”? Let us know in the comments!