The #MeToo movement gained momentum following the sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein in 2017. It exposed the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and harassment, especially in the workplace. But did you know that the “me too” movement was actually founded in 2006 by activist Tarana Burke to help Black women and girls find pathways to healing? The movement connects survivors to resources, offering community organizing resources, pursuing a ‘me too’ policy platform, and gathering sexual violence researchers and research.
Today the movement is global and the hashtag “MeToo” is highlighting the breadth and impact of sexual violence. Prominent celebrities are sharing their stories alongside women who experience sexual violence and harassment in factories, offices and corporate boardrooms. Learn how “MeToo” is changing conversations and public/workplace policies. What is happening locally to support survivors? And how can all of us — women and men — play a role in creating safe and supportive environments at home and at work.
Speakers:Susan Kidder, MS, Chief Executive Officer, Safe Connections Susan is a frequent presenter on domestic and sexual violence, human rights, social justice and nonprofit leadership. She has been with Safe Connections since 2007; Safe Connections is the oldest, largest and only nationally accredited nonprofit in the region dedicated solely to preventing and ending domestic and sexual violence. In 2017, Susan was one of two women across the state honored by the Missouri Women’s Network for her leadership in advancing women’s equality. Susan was featured in Gazelle magazine in 2018 as one of St. Louis’ women leaders making a difference. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University and her Master’s degree from Eastern Illinois University. She holds a certificate in Business Management for Nonprofit Leaders from Washington University Olin Business School and is a 2013-14 graduate of Leadership St. Louis.
Judi JennettenJudi is a former board member of Women’s Voices and a retired teacher. Like many women and girls, Judi experienced inappropriate sexual behavior from a family member decades ago. At the time and even today, people don’t speak about sexual abuse and harassment. Judi will share her story with the hope that it may help other women and girls who have had similar experiences.