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LMHQ Women’s Breakfast: #MeToo Movement

Date: 01/25/2018

Time: 8:30am
Where: LMHQ, 150 Broadway, New York NY

Join us at LMHQ as we kick off our 2018 season with a very important Women’s Breakfast discussing the #MeToo movement and harassment and abuse in the workplace. Hear from Amelia Harnish, Features Editor at Refinery29Katrina Jones, Director of HR & Inclusion at VimeoFarah Tanis, Co-Founder/Executive Director at Black Women's Blueprint and Sarah LaFleur, CEO of MM.LaFleur. Our conversation will be moderated by Kimberly Weisul, Editor-at-Large at Inc.

Sexual misconduct allegations have run rampant in workplaces around the country following  the Harvey Weinstein scandal this fall. According to First Round Capital's annual State of Startups survey, seventy-eight percent of women founders say they have been harassed or know someone who was. The #MeToo movement has somewhat removed  the taboo of speaking up when experiencing or witnessing sexual harassment, and accusers are being brought to light on a daily basis. Sheryl Sandberg, predicting a #MeToo backlash, fears that men will start excluding women for even more reasons now. The answer is not to move forward by avoiding women, she says, but “the key is to give men and women equal opportunities to succeed.”

Hierarchical and patriarchal institutions where people in power can take advantage of women and WOC have always existed. But now what? With the wheels greased, we have an opportunity to have transparent conversations, discuss what we can do about it and what justice and reporting looks like in a #MeToo landscape.

We’re using the #MeToo Wikipedia definition as a baseline for this conversation:

From the Me Too (hashtag) Wikipedia page: #MeToo spread virally as a two-word hashtag used on social media in October 2017 to denounce sexual assault and harassment in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against film producer and executive Harvey Weinstein. The phrase, long used in this sense by social activist Tarana Burke, was popularized by actress Alyssa Milano, who encouraged women to tweet it to publicize experiences to demonstrate the widespread nature of misogynistic behavior. Since then, millions of people have used the hashtag to come forward with their experiences, including many celebrities.