Started by Tarana Burke in 2007 to stand with young women of color who survived sexual assault, the #MeToo campaign was intended to let women know that they were not alone. Today, the phrase is a viral awareness campaign on social media that has inspired others to share their stories, stand in solidarity with survivors, and challenge a culture of pervasive sexual assault and harassment. With the support of a 2018 Special Projects Grant, the Women’s Caucus has engaged with this cultural moment to bring awareness to gender bias and discrimination, sexual harassment, assault, and misconduct in our discipline – with #MeTooPoliSci.
This collaboration aims to use the collective power of women in political science to dispel the shame, embarrassment, and secrecy that surrounds issues of gender-based bias and harm and to catalyze sustainable change.
PIs: Nadia Brown (Purdue, pictured above left), Rebecca Gill (The University of Nevada Las Vegas), Jennifer Merolla (The University of California Riverside), Melissa Michelson (Menlo College), Elizabeth Sharrow (The University of Massachusetts Amherst), Patricia Stapleton (Worcester Polytechnic Institute), Dara Strolovitch (Princeton)
If you’re interested in learning more about the Women’s Caucus for Political Science, the #MeTooPoliticalScience project, or the Special Projects Fund please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn about APSA’s efforts to support diversity and inclusion in the profession, visit https://www.apsanet.org/diversityprograms.