Men Are Losing Their Jobs Over Sexual Harassment. These Women Are Replacing Them
Dozens of prominent men — including Matt Lauer, Harold Ford Jr. and Sen. Al Franken — have lost or left their jobs amid allegations of sexual misconduct over the past several months. They are leaving behind positions of great influence — a morning show anchor reportedly making $ 25 million a year, a managing director at a major bank and a Senate seat during a pivotal moment in politics. But who’s going to fill these roles?
Pundits and many among the wider public are calling for women to get the jobs. “We shouldn’t just be taking the bad ones down,” lawyer and writer Jill Filipovic wrote in an essay for TIME. “We need to start demanding that their replacements are female.”
Conscientiously promoting women into such prominent jobs may help right the gender imbalance that continues to plague workplaces, from Hollywood to Washington.
As of Dec. 8, TIME counted 80 high-profile American men who have been publicly accused of some type of sexual misconduct since the Harvey Weinstein accusations broke. Some of their jobs are being filled by women — with caveats. Robin Wright will become House of Cards‘ top star, though only for the show’s shortened final season. Christiane Amanpour will replace Charlie Rose on PBS, but only on an interim basis.
More women may join their company soon. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported on Dec. 8 that Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith is the likeliest candidate to replace Franken in the Senate, while Maria Contreras-Sweet, who ran the Small Business Administration under President Barack Obama, has expressed interest in buying the Weinstein Company. The New York Post offered up a list of female candidates for Lauer’s gig.
As TIME has been tracking the men who have been accused, we will also examine the resulting power and culture shifts in quantifiable ways. Below are women who have replaced some of the men accused of harassment or misconduct. We will continue to update this list.
Replaced: David Sweeney
On Nov. 28, NPR reported that its chief news editor, David Sweeney, left the company after at least three current and former NPR journalists claimed he sexually harassed them. Sweeney, who oversaw NPR’s news desks, told TIME in November that he had no comment on the allegations.
NPR reported that Chris Turpin, the acting senior vice president of news, said in an email to staff that Chapin would replace Sweeney by resuming her role as executive editor and taking over Sweeney’s duties.
Chapin became the organization’s executive editor in 2015, giving her the reins of all of NPR’s news desks. In August 2017, NPR’s senior vice president of news and editorial director Michael Oreskes announced that Chapin would focus full-time on building a collaborative journalism network with NPR’s member stations. When Chapin’s new role was announced, Oreskes said that Sweeney would take over from Chapin in overseeing all of NPR’s news desks and editors.
After Sweeney’s departure, Chapin will regain her old responsibilities, but she’ll “continue to devote time to the journalism network,” a NPR spokesperson told TIME in an email.
Sweeney’s departure came a few weeks after Oreskes resigned amid an investigation into his conduct with women. Oreskes called his behavior “wrong and inexcusable,” and said “I am deeply sorry to the people I hurt.”
Replaced: Kevin Spacey
Beginning in late October, several men — including employees on the set of House of Cards — came forward to accuse Kevin Spacey of sexual misconduct. Spacey has denied some allegations, while saying he doesn’t remember others. On Nov. 2, Spacey’s spokesperson said he was “taking the time necessary to seek evaluation and treatment.”
After the allegations broke, Netflix put filming of House of Cards’ final season on indefinite hold. On Nov. 3, Netflix said it was severing ties with Spacey and wouldn’t be involved with any further production of House of Cards if Spacey was still the star.
On Dec. 4, Netflix confirmed it would produce the final season of the show without Spacey. The season will instead star Wright, who has played first lady-turned-president Claire Underwood in previous seasons. It will only run eight episodes, as opposed to the usual 13. “We’re really excited about bringing some closure to the show for fans,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement at the time.
Replaced: Charlie Rose
After the Washington Post reported on Nov. 20 that several women alleged that Rose had sexually harassed them, CBS and PBS announced on Nov. 21 that they were both cutting ties with Rose, who anchored CBS This Morning on CBS and hosted Charlie Rose on PBS. Rose said not all allegations are accurate, but admitted he “behaved insensitively at times, and I accept full responsibility for that.”
On Dec. 4, PBS announced it would air Christiane Amanpour’s Amanpour, which airs on CNN International, on “an interim basis” to replace Rose’s longtime interview show. Amanpour began airing on PBS on Dec. 4 in New York and will extend across the country on Dec. 11. It’s unclear how long Amanpour’s show is slated to air in place of Rose.
“Christiane Amanpour is a fearless and uncompromising journalist,” Neal Shapiro, president and CEO of WNET, said in a statement. “We are pleased to welcome her to the PBS system and are gratified to offer this thorough and responsible news program to viewers nationwide.”
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