On Wednesday, the House Financial Services Committee held a hearing in which they aggressively talked over Fed Chair Janet Yellen. A response from UltraViolet Co-founder Shaunna Thomas is below, as well as video of the incident contrasted with the Committee’s treatment of the previous Fed Chair Ben Bernanke, according to Thomas.
Statement from UltraViolet Co-Founder Shaunna Thomas: How little HFSC respects Janet Yellen
“Members of the House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday engaged in such an intense degree of mansplaining and grandstanding that they practically fell over one another to prove how little respect they had for Fed Chair Janet Yellen. These events helped expose what millions of women face in jobs all over the country, especially when they are promoted, and no matter how high they rise.”
“Contrasted with the polite respect and deference given to Yellen’s predecessor Ben Bernanke, who’s monetary policies are nearly identical to Yellen’s, Wednesday perfectly captured how much we need to change not just laws, but culture around how women are treated in the workplace. We are disappointed to see the men of the House Financial Services Committee on the wrong side of that change, but we hope the absurdity of actions helps illuminate the depth and damage of discrimination against women.”
See the video of the incident below