Has the #MeToo movement gone too far?
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Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg says the #MeToo movement, which has pushed women and some men in different sectors and demographic lines to share stories of sexual misconduct, it must address systemic sexism and lead to concrete changes.
“The question is not whether #MeToo has gone too far, but if #MeToo is far enough,” Sandberg, the author of the 2013 bestseller, “Lean”, said on Bloomberg Tv. “Because it can not only a moment in time, where people raise their voices. These brave women who are stirring, they want lasting change.”
Social media played a key role in the nationwide growth of the movement to hold people accountable for their sexual misconduct.
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The roots of #MeToo are in a movement started more than a decade ago by an activist Tarana Burke, who in 2006 founded Just, Inc., a youth organization that focuses on health, well-being and wholeness of the young women of color.”
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, seen above, has said that the Me movement should go further than the change of the workplace.
The hashtag started trending not long after actress Alyssa Milano posted a tweet that asked victims of sexual harassment and violence to make their voice heard. The hashtag had a reach of 85 countries, with more than 1.7 million tweets by the end of October and there were 12 million #MeToo Facebook posts within the first 24 hours. Facebook also reported that 45 percent of users in the U.S. had a friend who had posted the use of the term.
Sandberg — who faced a backlash from younger women of color who do not have the benefits that come with being white and rich — has argued that women need a seat at the table, and managerial positions in all sectors of the society.
The woman, who has helped propel Facebook to $40.6 billion in revenue last year, also said: “we have until the end of the culture of complicity”many are called, in the aftermath of the revelations that the major Hollywood and media figures engaged in sexual harassment, while others turned a blind eye.
Sandberg is back up her words with action.
Her non-profit LeanIn.org has launched a new campaign called #MentorHer to shift the balance of power in the workplace: challenging men to mentor women in the workplace.
There is certainly work to be done. A study commissioned by LeanIn.org and Survey Monkey found that nearly half of the male managers are now uncomfortable to participate in joint activities with the women, including working and mentoring.
According to Powers, the mentoring initiative has the support of more than 38 prominent leaders and ceos such as Disney, Bob Iger, General Motors’ Mary Barra and Netflix’s Reed Hastings, among other things, that committing to mentor women in their own companies.
“We are all responsible for what’s happening in the workforce,” Sandberg said.
Christopher Carbone is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @christocarbone.