The #MeToo Movement

by Laurie Collier Hillstrom


A 2017 ABC News–The Washington Post poll found that more than half of all American women have experienced "unwanted and inappropriate sexual advances" at some point in their lives.

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December 2018


Pages 149
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Current Events and Issues/Society
  Women's Studies/General

This volume provides a concise but authoritative overview of the #MeToo Movement and its enormous impact on American society, from the studios of Hollywood to factories, campuses, and offices across the country.

The 21st Century Turning Points series is a one-stop resource for understanding the people and events changing America today. The #MeToo Movement is devoted to the issue that brought sexual harassment out of the shadows of American culture and into the spotlight.

Sparked by revelations of decades of sexual harassment by powerful Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein, the movement quickly uncovered similar abusive behavior by numerous other famous public figures. It also revealed the extent to which sexual harassment has been a persistent problem in many workplace settings across America and the ways in which girls and women are subjected to degrading and discriminatory treatment because of their gender.

The book provides a broad perspective on these issues. It discusses late twentieth-century efforts to identify sexual harassment as a longstanding societal problem; explains how the 2016 presidential election brought new attention to this issue; introduces activists who helped to launch the #MeToo Movement; and surveys the impact of the movement on American politics, business, and entertainment.


  • Provides entries devoted to individual events as well as milestones
  • Presents biographical profiles to help readers to understand the motivations and accomplishments of important activists and figures
  • Offers essays that explore the lasting impact of the movement on American life
  • Features an annotated bibliography that directs readers to resources for further study
Series Description

21st-Century Turning Points

21st-Century Turning Points is a general reference series that gives readers a clear, authoritative, and unbiased understanding of major fast-breaking events, movements, people, and issues that are transforming American life, culture, and politics in this turbulent new century. Each volume constitutes a one-stop resource for learning about a single issue or event currently dominating America's news headlines and political discussions—issues or events that, in many cases, are also driving national debate about our country's leaders, institutions, values, and priorities.
Author Info

Laurie Collier Hillstrom is an independent scholar based in Brighton, Michigan. She is author or editor of more than 40 books in the areas of American history, biography, and current events, including Defining Moments: Roe v. Wade, Black Lives Matter, From a Moment to a Movement, and Defining Moments: The Stonewall Riots.

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