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me too: year two

Emily Steel, Sohaila Abdulali and Tina Tchen 

More than a year in, #metoo has held some powerful men to account. But there's a backlash. What are the next steps in this crucial political movement?

Hosted by Lenore Taylor. 

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“I can't understate how hard this reporting was, and how many people didn't want to talk.”

Emily Steel

What's next for #metoo

A decade since the Me Too campaign began, and a year since #metoo rocked the entertainment industry, there has been a clear cultural shift. Across industries, women who were preyed upon, exploited and harassed have spoken out and sought justice, and the movement has gone global. 

But it hasn't all happened smoothly. Louis CK returned to the comedy stage. The Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Now that accountability frameworks have been put in place, are the structures of justice and legal systems changing? Have we seen a fundamental shift in the way power functions, or is it temporary and superficial? How is #metoo playing out in different countries and cultures?

In this essential panel, we'll be exploring how the movement must evolve to represent women worldwide, and to create longlasting cultural and political change. 

Session supported by the New York Times and the University of Sydney.

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Emily Steel

Emily Steel is a business journalist who has covered the media industry for The New York Times since 2014. Ms. Steel’s reporting at The Times uncovered a series of settlements totaling $45 million related to sexual harassment allegations against Bill O’Reilly, the former Fox News host. The reporting laid the foundation for an international reckoning over issues of sexual misconduct. Along with a team of reporters who exposed sexual harassment and misconduct across industries, she was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for public service in 2018.

Tina Tchen

Tina Tchen, a partner at Buckley Sandler and leader of its Workplace Cultural Compliance Practice, counsels companies on issues related to gender inequity, sexual harassment, and lack of diversity in the workplace. A leading voice in the national conversation on these issues, Tina has been instrumental in spearheading the Time’s Up movement’s Legal Defense Fund. She was previously an Assistant to President Obama, Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, and Executive Director for the Council on Women and Girls.


Sohaila Abdulali

Sohaila Abdulali was born in Mumbai, India. After college, Sohaila coordinated the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center for two years, and she has worked as a journalist in Philadelphia, Boston and Bombay. In 1998, her bestselling novel, The Madwoman of Jogare, was published. Her January 2013 op-ed in the New York Times broke readership records. A public speaker, guest lecturer and adjunct professor, her work of non-fiction, What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape, was published in 2018.

Lenore Taylor

Lenore Taylor is Guardian Australia's editor. She has won two Walkley awards and has twice won the Paul Lyneham award for excellence in press gallery journalism. She co-authored a book, Shitstorm, on the Rudd government's response to the global economic crisis.

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