December 7, 2017/Media, Press

Texas Democrats on the Pervasive Culture of Harassment and Sexism

Austin, TX — Recent reports have shed light on the degrading and demeaning environment under which women in politics, including elected officials, staff, interns, reporters, and lobbyist, work every day.  

Texas Democratic Party Executive Director Crystal K. Perkins issued the following statement:

“My team, myself, and so many of my colleagues have experienced the hostile and vile culture towards women.

“From Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. to the pink dome of the Texas Capitol, the system is designed to protect the interests of the powerful, not serve justice for victims.

“It is time for policy reform and Texas must lead the way. We will continue to monitor the newfound conversation on sexual harassment policies in the Texas Legislature and look forward to much more leadership from our elected leaders in both parties.

“The great Texas Democrat Barbara Jordan once said, ‘We call ourselves ‘public servants’ but I’ll tell you this: We as public servants must set an example for the rest of the nation…More is required — More is required of public officials than slogans and handshakes and press releases. More is required. We must hold ourselves strictly accountable.’