Survivors Used “Me Too” to Speak Up. A Year Later, They’re Still Fighting for Meaningful Change
New National Poll of 1,000 Women Conducted by TIME with SSRS
For decades, the public ignored or ridiculed claims of harassment or assault. Now the news of the day suggests women are more likely to be heard. But away from the headlines, it’s not so simple. In a national poll of 1,000 women conducted by TIME with SSRS, 60% of the women surveyed felt the environment for women in their workplace had not changed since “Me Too”, and 51% say they are no more likely to report sexual harassment now than before the hashtag went viral.
As the dust settles and the public’s attention drifts, survivors and activists attempt the complicated work of creating lasting change–collecting signatures for new legislation, pushing to eradicate boys’ clubs by urging the hiring and promotion of women, and assuring that the movement continues, especially in average workplaces. And that’s all while dealing with what comes after publicly declaring #MeToo.