Matt Lauer

FILE - In this April 21, 2016, file photo, Matt Lauer, co-host of the NBC "Today" television program, appears on set in Rockefeller Plaza, in New York. NBC News announced Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, that Lauer was fired for "inappropriate sexual behavior." (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) ORG XMIT: NYAG301

What may appear to some as a recent and ongoing epidemic of sexual harassment against women in the United States is absolutely nothing new. What is different however, is that news media have become more aware and more sensitive to this age-old problem. This new sensitivity on the part of the media may in part be due to the large number of their own who recently have made news headlines — think Roger Ailes, Charlie Rose, Bill O’Reilly and most recently Matt Lauer.

Women have also become emboldened because so many are coming forth with their stories and now feel these stories may finally be taken seriously. Sexual harassment of women and girls is a worldwide problem that will only be solved by the full empowerment of women. In the United States, this can be hastened by electing more women to public office at state and national levels.

Louisiana lawmakers seek review of government's sexual harassment policies after national issue hits home

Gordon Holcomb

retired educator

Baton Rouge