President Trump’s Transportation Secretary and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) wife Elaine Chao told attendees at a women’s conference that women who have experienced sexual harassment or other misconduct in the workplace have to “let it go” and move on with their lives.
Speaking at Politico’s Women Rule Summit, Chao told women that fixating on mistreatment after it has occurred “holds you back” professionally.
“I will fight for other women and I will stand up for other women, but, of your own, you gotta let it go,” Chao said. “Because otherwise, it’s too corrosive, it’s too negative, and it does you a double injury because it holds you back.”
After delivering her advice to women, Chao revealed that she had experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, but declined to identify the harasser.
“The person is still here and they’re still around,” she said. “Things change, times change, and it’s not worth my while to go back and revisit those negative moments.”
Chao added that experiences of misconduct in the workplace such as hers are “a dirty little secret that a lot of women have held for a long time.”
— POLITICO (@politico) December 5, 2017