Although women of color experience high rates of harassment and assault, they have largely been left at the margins of the #MeToo movement, in terms of (1) the online conversation; (2) traditional social movement activity occurring offline; and (3) resulting legal activity. This article analyzes how race shapes experiences of harassment and how seemingly positive legal strides continue to fail women of color thirty years beyond Kimberlé Crenshaw’s initial framing of intersectionality theory. I discuss the weaknesses of the reform efforts and argue for more tailored strategies that take into account the ineffectiveness of our current Title VII framework, and more specifically, the continuing failure of the law to properly deal with intersectionality. This analysis and the resulting proposal will demonstrate how #MeToo can be leveraged as an opportunity to reshape law and our organizations in a way that better protects all women, and particularly women of color.
Working paper for a conference "Global Resistance to Sexual Harassment/Violence" hosted by Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law on June 8, 2020.
Scholarly Commons Citation
Bowman Williams, Jamillah, "Maximizing #MeToo: Intersectionality and the Movement" (2020). Georgetown Law Faculty Publications and Other Works. 2281.