The #MeToo Movement

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ABC-CLIO, Dec 31, 2018 - Social Science - 149 pages

The 21st Century Turning Points series is a one-stop resource for understanding the people and events changing America today. The #MeToo Movement is devoted to the issue that brought sexual harassment out of the shadows of American culture and into the spotlight.

Sparked by revelations of decades of sexual harassment by powerful Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein, the movement quickly uncovered similar abusive behavior by numerous other famous public figures. It also revealed the extent to which sexual harassment has been a persistent problem in many workplace settings across America and the ways in which girls and women are subjected to degrading and discriminatory treatment because of their gender.

The book provides a broad perspective on these issues. It discusses late twentieth-century efforts to identify sexual harassment as a longstanding societal problem; explains how the 2016 presidential election brought new attention to this issue; introduces activists who helped to launch the #MeToo Movement; and surveys the impact of the movement on American politics, business, and entertainment.

 

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Contents

Overview of the MeToo Movement
1
Landmark Events
9
Impacts of the MeToo Movement
69
Profiles
101
Further Resources
135
Index
141
About the Author
150
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Laurie Collier Hillstrom is an independent scholar based in Brighton, Michigan. She is author or editor of more than 40 books in the areas of American history, biography, and current events.

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