From a tech CEO to an emergency dispatcher, Nevertheless follows the stories of 7 people who fought back against harassment and sexism, the challenges they faced and how they ultimately prevailed. Within this, male and female experts delve into the reasons why harassment is still so prevalent, what we can all do to change this, and the path forward.
With 54% of women still reporting harassment at work, and 80% of affected women leaving their place of employment within two years, this is a critical issue for all employers, employees, college students focused on starting their careers and even high school students, who can start changing the culture of tomorrow now. Rather than blaming, Nevertheless contextualizes, leaving each one of us to come to our conclusions about how we want to change the world we live in, and how each one of us can do this.
NEVERTHELESS was an eye-opening experience, even for me. It was heartbreaking to see what some of the people in the film have gone through without justice being served. But then seeing that their struggles have become a rallying cry to create new laws and a gateway for those who follow in their path… it gives me hope. This film should be required in all sex education classes and for all HR sexual harassment training!
Academy Award-winning Director of Brave, Brenda Chapman
Such a beautiful, well-done film. I loved the message of hope for the next generation. Also, I think the focus on changing the societal norms that we have with gender and sexual harassment is so important. Thank you for this wonderful film.
Post-screening comment, 2020
The #MeToo and Time's Up Movements can only do so much; despite much higher awareness than before, neither college nor workplace harassment statistics have gone down significantly, and it has a staggering impact on women's careers.
The sooner we can give both girls and boys the tools to recognize and talk about issues of gender stereotyping, sexism and unconscious bias, the more freedom we give them to stand up for themselves and understand and support each other, so we can shift the cycle. Middle and High School is the perfect time to start these essential conversations.
FOR INCOMING STUDENTS
Female college students are three times more likely to be sexually assaulted than at any other time in their lives (26% overall); for men, it's also much higher (6%). Changing these statistics requires up-front education for all. Watching Nevertheless doesn't just tick a 'sexual-assault-education' box - it engages, educates and empowers people to think differently, act differently and talk more honestly with each other. This film is a great way to honor student’s new-found freedom, and safeguard their college career and success.
FOR OUTGOING STUDENTS
Despite substantial progress, the World Health Organization estimates that it will be another 206 years before women and men have true equity in the US. Outgoing students will be the front-line change-makers of tomorrow, the ones who can shift the trajectory to greater gender equity, and workplace safety and respect. Nevertheless will help emerging generations of both women and men have the tools to recognize, talk about and prevent issues of gender stereotyping, sexism and unconscious bias, and with that, harassment and assault.
In this recent panel discussion, the director of ‘Nevertheless’, Sarah Moshman, breaks down what being an ally means:
Nevertheless provides a balanced approach to telling the difficult and real stories of harassment and responses to these situations. The context provided fosters discussions rather than blame and reinforces the critical importance of the issues and the need for progress. As we continue to commit to the work to enhance the quality of life for all, Nevertheless informs our views of inclusion, diversity, and our shared humanity. Thank you for documenting these journeys so well.
Faye Gilbert, Ph.D., Dean, Maine Business School, University of Maine