If you think there's something about our culture that makes sexual harassment on the job a red-blooded American male thing, you're right. The first international study ever done of sexual harassment in the workplace shows that it's far more common in the United States than in Europe or the Soviet Union, and it has negative effects on both women and their jobs.
James E. Gruber, Ph.D., of the University of Michigan, and Kaisa Kauppinen-Toropainen, Ph.D., based at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, interviewed nontraditional female workers in five countries. They tapped women engineers in Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and the United States; Finnish architects and technicians; American autoworkers; and technical specialists from the Soviet Union.
A whopping 79% of female autoworkers experienced sexual harassment, defined as unwanted touching, leaning over, or cornering; sexually suggestive looks or gestures; sexual teasing, remarks, or questions; and sexually oriented notes, letters, or posters. Scandinavian professionals experienced the least harassment (33%), while American engineers endured nearly twice that amount. Soviet female technical specialists faced much less harassment than their American blue-collar or engineer counterparts.