Japanese officials have been talking sporadically about doing something to improve women’s social status for years. Last year, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wrote in the Wall Street Journal that he wanted to boost women’s participation in the work force to 73 percent by 2020 and close a wage gap that keeps women earning, on average, 30 percent less.
This sexist heckling incident has spotlighted male authorities’ dismissive attitude towards women and the unmet work-life balance needs of many working women.
"What has become clearer and clearer since the founding of Women’s eNews is that the incidents in my life, from age 6 through mid-career, were absolutely standard operating procedure, reflecting my place in the world. I was trained to keep quiet early and take without complaint the punishment handed out to me for being female." - Rita Henley Jensen, Founder of Women’s eNews