I was on a flight when I read this headline in The Wall Street Journal, “The ‘Me Too’ Movement Is Not Over.”
What I didn’t realize at the time was how quickly it was spreading.
As a result, my husband and I have been thinking about ways to support our community of women in tech.
That includes a new social media platform, where we’ll start collecting feedback from women who’ve been on the receiving end of sexual harassment.
But there’s one area we’ve neglected.
The “Me Too” movement, which I call #MeTruly, is not over.
There are still too many women who feel violated, and too many who are victims of sexual assault.
For a few, this has meant going public, which is great, but for a lot of them it means having to keep quiet.
In our opinion, the best way to stop this is to support the women who are speaking out.
To help women with these issues, we’ve created a tool that allows them to share their experiences on social media.
We call it #MeNotAllowed, and it lets women share their stories with others in their community without worrying about backlash from other women.
We’ve already gotten support from some prominent figures, like Lena Dunham, who wrote an open letter to the #MeTeens hashtag in which she asked, “What if it’s you?
What if you feel that you’re not valued?”
We hope this tool will encourage more women to speak up and give their stories to others.
For now, we’re asking that you support #MeTogether and donate to our cause.
Thank you, everyone!
We are excited to announce that we have received a $5,000 grant from the Feminist Majority Foundation to support a new program, #MeSafe, to support women who have experienced sexual violence.
To be eligible for this grant, women must be victims of stalking, attempted or completed rape, or sexual assault and must be at least 18 years old.
The grant will be distributed through the Center for the Study of Women and Gender, a nonprofit that aims to reduce the risk of sexual violence in women.
We also want to extend our sincere thanks to the Women’s Entrepreneurship Center for their continued support of #MeNow, which aims to increase women’s access to funding for their business ventures.
We’re incredibly excited to be working with the Women Entrepreneurs who are bringing their businesses to life, and are proud to be partnering with them to support #WeAreMe.
The #We are Me project is an effort to create a movement for the empowerment of women and empower women of color.
As we celebrate this momentous anniversary, we are reminded that women are not alone.
We are the story of our communities, our cities, our country and the world.
The fight for equal rights for women continues, and the #WeareMe movement is one of the greatest advances of the 20th century.
We thank you for your continued support and hope you will join us.
#MeToo: The Women’s Business Owners’ Movement will host the inaugural #MeTalkWomen event, at the Washington Post headquarters, on Monday, April 18 at 10 a.m. EDT.