#MeToo: Why Now? What Next?


Publish Date:
November 15, 2019
Publication Title:
Duke Law Journal
Journal Article
  • Deborah L. Rhode, #MeToo: Why Now? What Next?, 69 Duke Law Journal 377 (2019).
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This Essay explores the evolution, implications, and potential of #MeToo. It begins by reviewing the inadequacies of sexual harassment law and policies that have permitted continuing abuse and that prompted the outrage that erupted in 2017. Discussion then turns to the origins of the #MeToo movement and assesses the changes that it has propelled. Analysis centers on which changes are likely to last and the concerns of fairness and inclusion that they raise. A final section considers strategies for sustaining the positive momentum of the movement and directing its efforts toward fundamental reform.