The Past and Future of the #MeToo Movement: Trench Warfare or Blitzkrieg?

Linda Hirshman, Author, Attorney, Cultural Historian

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 6:00pm
By Invitation Only
Graduate Students
Policy Students

The Program in Law and Public Affairs invites MPP/MPA students to join us for "Law in the Public Service: Not Just for Lawyers," where our guest will be Linda Hirshman.

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From Linda Hirschman: "Two years have passed almost exactly since actress Alyssa Milano tweeted out, What if everyone who had experienced sexual abuse tweeted #MeToo? in October of 2017.  Yet the movement of the last two years did not start that day or even that year, with its tidal wave of investigative journalism into sexual abuse.  The movement really started in the very early 1970's when a handful of brave black women filed the first legal actions against their bosses' harassing behavior. And when a very smart law student, Catharine MacKinnon, made the argument that the harassment violated the Civil Rights Act. I will tell the tale of the five decades of the epic battle against sexual abuse and harassment: Ted Kennedy, Anita Hill, Bill Clinton, and all the rest. Then I will turn to the present and the future, assessing where we stand at the two year and multiple book release moment, and, drawing on the lessons of the past, try to predict what will happen next. In looking forward, I will assess the power behind the movement and the power behind the resistance to it. My thesis is that after two years the battle has settled into the trenches. My prediction will be whether and who will ultimately break out."

The Law in the Public Service Series provides an opportunity for policy students to engage in a single-table off-the-record conversation with an expert in policy issues on the public agenda.  Attendance is limited and determined by the order of response.  Any student who commits to attend must notify LAPA at least 24 hours in advance of the dinner if they will not attend and/or should endeavor to find a substitute.  LAPA will maintain a wait list if capacity is reached.  Failure to give notice may result in disqualification from future attendance.

Linda Hirshman
Author, Attorney, Cultural Historian

Linda Hirshman is a lawyer, a cultural historian, and the author of Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution and many other books. She received her JD from the University of Chicago Law School and her PhD in philosophy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and has taught philosophy and women’s studies at Brandeis University. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington PostSlateNewsweek, the Daily Beast, and POLITICO. She lives in Arizona and New York City.