At the one year anniversary of the explosion of the #MeToo discussion on Twitter, the Georgetown Massive Data Institute (MDI) and Gender+Justice Initiative (GJI) came together to offer an account of the types of conversations taking place under the hashtag and begin to analyze what the data suggest so far. While it is too early to know the extent to which this online movement will lead to more lasting change, it is evident that the discussion continues to be relevant, dynamic, and reactive to social and political events. We believe that by encouraging women and men to speak out and bystanders to act, #MeToo has the potential to change our collective understanding of sexual assault, reduce our collective tolerance for it, and make a material difference in the lives of women.
Professor, Computer Science
Research Professor, MDI
Lisa Singh specializes in data-centric computing. Her research involves aspects of data driven computer science: data mining, data privacy, data science, and data visualization.
Professor of Law,
Naomi Mezey is a leading scholar of law and culture. Her writings include articles on the role of law in the formation and recognition of identity, including gender and sexuality.
Associate Professor of Law,
Jamillah Williams uses social psychology theory and empirical analysis to examine contemporary bias, the effectiveness of anti-discrimination law, and the capacity of law to promote compliance and social change.