April 3, 2019
Melissa S. Woods will moderate a plenary discussion titled, “Gender Equality in Today’s #MeTooWorld,” on April 3, 2019. Part 1 of this program will take a historical look at the movement for gender equality, including a discussion of key events, important statutes passed (and not passed), and judicial interpretation of those statutes over the last 50 years. The panel also will address how these historical and legal issues have culminated in where we are today, including women’s marches across the country, the ongoing push for pay parity, and the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. Part 2 will discuss the factual events leading up to and constituting the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, with a particular focus on a journalists’ perspective, including their techniques and experiences in investigating and reporting on these events, and the barriers they have faced in publishing the stories. The panel’s legal experts also will discuss the movements’ impact on employers, including what it means for investigations of harassment claims, anti-harassment policies, and strategies for dealing with the media. Part 3 will look to the future, and discuss in particular the role that employment laws and lawyers play in helping define gender equality in a post-#MeToo world.