October marks the second anniversary of the #MeToo movement’s viral explosion—and two years of momentous change inspired by courageous women who told stories of sexual harassment and assault that stemmed from the unfettered abuse of power.
“Indeed, being in the first class of women at Yale College taught me a key lesson that has informed every stage of my career ever since: paradigms exist to be challenged.”
The next time we comment on men displaying their passion and vulnerability in the public sphere, I hope we can take a moment to think about the very real consequences of the judgements we pass.
My grandmother had liberation feet: bound feet that had been freed halfway through the process.
“Everything I have ever done has sprung from my passion for social justice. And I am a very practical person. I don’t just want to talk about gender parity and social justice—I want to foster real results.”
I was surprised by how emotional I got watching Serena Williams in the recent U.S. Open tennis finals. I don’t think of myself as a “sports person,” and though I’ve followed tennis since I was a kid, I never thought of paying to see it live—until Serena Williams became a lead player.
“The fact that Mozilla exists as an independent organization, a non-profit organization, is because there were other people, and they had to be men, around who were willing to bridge that gap between me as the leader of Mozilla and this man who refused to talk to a woman who knew what her organization needed and was determined to get.”
Fifty years from now, the future cannot look like the world we already changed.
Each year, girl leaders from the U.S. attend the UN Commission on the Status of Women as delegates. This year, three young women at that convening offered Ms. a glimpse into their activism.
These are dangerous times—but in such times, there is an opportunity for women to step up to these challenges.