The Year of #MeToo: 2017 and Beyond
2017 was an historic year of activism for women. NOW-NYC raised survivor voices through speak-outs, protests, rallies, and Women’s Town Halls.
Then a hashtag went viral – and a movement to believe survivors was born. #MeToo is fueling a cultural awakening NOW and here’s what we’ve seen:
Women Band Together
Women in the entertainment industry continue to come forward charging sexual assault and harassment from former Crystal Castles singer Alice Glass to a singer who was recently slapped “violently hard” on the buttocks and intimidated by Corey Lewandowski, former Trump campaign manager, at a party at Trump International Hotel.
Although it started in Hollywood, waves of women from government and private sectors are sharing #MeToo stories – from Ford Motors to women in sports to domestic workers. The movement has gone global – inspiring hashtags – and even a case against a journalist with ties to Prime Minister Abe, a country women rarely report rape.
Cultural Attitudes Changing – for the Better
The magnitude of these stories is leading men to question their behavior in the workplace – and nearly one-third report being offensive or abusive this past year at work! But recent surveys also show that more people are recognizing sexism and harassment.
The growth in understanding of sexual harassment is causing abusive men in positions of power to finally face consequences for criminal behavior. Congressional leaders are finally calling on Donald Trump to be investigated as his accusers raise their voices – again.
#MeToo Rally NYC
On December 8th, NOW-NYC hosted a survivor-led rally to send a clear message to the Trump Administration and the public: survivors will no longer remain silent and will demand accountability for everyone who has experienced sexual harassment or assault, including the women filing claims against Trump. (See more press coverage here.) Organizations began circulating petitions calling for Congress to investigate these claims.
Alabama Senate Election
Doug Jones’s victory over Republican candidate Roy Moore, accused of sexual harassment and relationships with underage women, demonstrated the power of the #MeToo movement in dealing justice to prominent, powerful men. The “unprecedented” results of the election sends a clear message — sexual harassment will no longer be acceptable – especially for elected officials.
Women of Color Leadership
Women of color made a huge impact in the recent elections across the US. Polls show that the resistance efforts of black women, 97% of who voted for Jones, were key to his victory. Conversely, 63% of white women and 72% of white men voted for Roy Moore. On a more positive note, more women – and women of color – are running for office – and winning!
A Look Ahead:
#MeToo Founder Tarana Burke rang in 2018 in Times Square – kicking off another year of feminist activism. As the dangers of workplace sexual harassment are finally being recognized, let’s keep up the momentum and defend our rights and fight for equality.
Contact Congress to urge the investigation of Donald Trump for sexual assault. Click here.
March with NOW-NYC in the 2018 Women’s March NYC on Saturday, January 20th! Hit the streets and show the Trump administration and the anti-woman GOP that women are a powerful force. Learn more and RSVP here.
Have you been sexually harassed at your government job? Visit our Whistleblower Sexual Harassment Hotline.