A Woman Who Refused To Join the Party

It didn't take long for Catherine Broderick to discover that working at the Arlington, Va., regional office of the Securities and Exchange Commission was not much fun. After Broderick's arrival in 1979, a top administrator got drunk at an office party, untied her sweater and kissed her. That was nothing unusual: a female junior attorney and two female secretaries were openly having affairs with their male superiors. When Broderick rejected advances of a similar nature, she began receiving negative performance reviews and was threatened with dismissal. "I did not participate or condone it, and that stymied my career," she says.

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