Maximizing #MeToo: Intersectionality and the Movement

64 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2020 Last revised: 2 Jul 2020

Date Written: June 5, 2020


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.

Keywords: legal reforms, antidiscrimination laws, activism, race, gender, harassment

Suggested Citation

Williams, Jamillah, Maximizing #MeToo: Intersectionality and the Movement (June 5, 2020). Available at SSRN:

Jamillah Williams (Contact Author)

Georgetown University Law Center ( email )

600 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
United States

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