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Charlotte Talks: What's Next For The #MeToo Movement And The Women's March In 2018

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Last year started with women’s marches and ended with the "Me Too" movement. With more marches planned in 2018 we hear about what’s next for both movements.

Part One: New York Times Gender Editor on what's next for the #MeToo movement

Last year saw two big movements led by women - #MeToo and the Women's March. The #MeToo movement exploded after The New York Times broke the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment story last fall.

From there, the flood gates opened. More women came forward with stories of sexual harassment and assault by high-powered and high-profile men. The movement ended many of their careers and brought more attention to a problem that has long been hidden behind closed doors.

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Jessica Bennett, gender editor of The New York Times

To help guide coverage of the ongoing story and others, the Times named a new Gender Editor, a first-of-its-kind role for the paper. We talk with Jessica Bennett about the job and what's next for #MeToo in 2018.

Guest

Jessica Bennett - Gender editor of The New York Times and author of Feminist Fight Club: A Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace. She writes the #MeToo Moment newsletter for the Times.

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New York Times Gender Editor Jessica Bennett on what's next for the #MeToo movement.

Part Two: Local organizers talk about the staying power of the Women's March

Then, a year after unprecedented demonstrations in cities around the world, organizers behind the Women's March are planning to do it again. Fueled in part by the #MeToo movement and the upcoming midterm elections, anniversary marches are being planned in a number of cities, including Charlotte.

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Charlotte Women's March attendees at Romare Bearden Park on January 21, 2017.

Last year, more than 10,000 people participated in Charlotte, hundreds of thousands marched on Washington, and demonstrations were held on all seven continents. It was the largest-ever single-day protest in American history. Ahead of events this weekend, we talk with local organizers about the movement and its staying power.

Guests

Jan Anderson - President and coordinator of the Charlotte Women's March. She and a group of Charlotte women organized a bus trip to DC for the 2017 march, which followed Trump's inauguration. She's a retired Civil Engineer from Charlotte.

Kelly Finley - Senior Lecturer in Women's & Gender Studies at UNC Charlotte. Founder and Executive Director of Girls Rock Charlotte. She participated in last year's march in Charlotte and is on the planning committee this year.

Rosalyn Allison-Jacobs - She was part of the bus tour that went to Washington for the 2017 march. Since then, she's been active in the social justice committee of the Charlotte Women’s March. She's principal consultant of ROI Impact Consulting.

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Local organizers talk about the staying power of the Women's March.

Related event:

The Charlotte Women's March, dubbed "Remarchable Women," is Saturday, January 20th, at 10am. Speakers start at 10am, the march begins at noon. Event details.

Erin Keever is Senior Producer of WFAE's Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. She has been with the show since joining the station in 2006. She's a native Charlottean.