The history of MeToo and women's wokeness since Chappaquiddick, with social historian Linda Hirshman

06.11.2019 - By UnPresidented: Creating change that empowers the Resistance

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This is the second half our interview with social historian Linda Hirshman, who joins us to talk about her new book, just released today, about the origins of the MeToo movement: "Reckoning: The Epic Battle Against Sexual Abuse and Harassment." The book looks at the historian of women's fight against sexual abuse and harassment, from Chappaquiddick to today.

Here is Amazon's summary of the book:

Linda Hirshman, acclaimed historian of social movements, delivers the sweeping story of the struggle leading up to #MeToo and beyond: from the first tales of workplace harassment percolating to the surface in the 1970s, to the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal—when liberal women largely forgave Clinton, giving men a free pass for two decades. Many liberals even resisted the movement to end rape on campus.

And yet, legal, political, and cultural efforts, often spearheaded by women of color, were quietly paving the way for the takedown of abusers and harassers. Reckoning delivers the stirring tale of a movement catching fire as pioneering women in the media exposed the Harvey Weinsteins of the world, women flooded the political landscape, and the walls of male privilege finally began to crack. This is revelatory, essential social history.

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PS I posted the first half of our interview with Linda yesterday, about Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O'Connor changing the world from the courts, you can hear an excerpt here:

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