In October 2017, Alyssa Milano sent a short yet powerful tweet to her followers: “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.” Within 24 hours, thousands had responded to her tweet and 4.7 million people had engaged with the hashtag globally.
To many observers, it appears that the #MeToo movement was born overnight, but is that the case? When did the underlying mechanisms of this movement really begin and what role did journalism play? Finally, and perhaps more importantly, what will the impact of this moment be?
Catherine Porter, The New York Times’ Canada bureau chief, will moderate a conversation with Jodi Kantor and Emily Steel, the investigative journalists who broke the Harvey Weinstein and Bill O’Reilly stories, and Jessica Bennett, who as the NYT’s gender editor, is chronicling the social reckoning it unleashed.
This event is hosted by the Institute for Gender and the Economy at Rotman, the Martin Prosperity Institute at Rotman & The New York Times.
Date: February 21, 2018
Time: 4:00 – 5:15 PM
Place: Fleck Atrium, Rotman School of Management, UofT
Please register here.