We are developing algorithms to more accurately determine demographics of individuals using the hashtag. This will allow us to better understand this population, and what different segments of it are conversing about. Then the team will then investigate:

  • Whether there are particularly vocal or silent communities in the discussions and why
  • How the #MeToo movement may be utilized differently by women of color
  • What the level of discussion is around work-related posts versus domestic/home-related posts for different demographic groups
  • Whether this movement is a leading indicator of societal change, such as reporting claims and changes in gender roles.
We aim to combine our research findings with data from other sources, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Pew Research surveys, and different NGOs to improve our understanding of how the landscape varies across race, gender and occupation.

Policy Applications

It is likely that many who talk about harassment and bullying online may not always go to get help, or report the situation to the EEOC.

We want to understand whether or not what we see on social media gives agencies, and others looking at these types of issues, more insight and information than the data they collect.

We may find that there is a vulnerable population or industry that one of these agencies does not have enough insight into, but that the agencies need to consider when developing policy.


Bowman Williams, Jamillah. 2018. “#MeToo and Public Officials: A Post-Election Snapshot of Allegations and Consequences,” Georgetown Law .

Cohen, Michael D. 2018. “The #MeToo Movement: Findings from the PEORIA Project,” The George Washington University

Harassment References

Growth for Knowledge (GfK). 2018. “2018 Study on Sexual Harassment and Assault,” Stop Street Harassment. February.

National Academics of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.The National Academic Press.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). 2018. “EEOC Releases Preliminary FY18 Sexual Harassment Data,” U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. 

Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund. 2018. “TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund – Stats & Numbers,” National Women’s Law Center Fund. October 9

Popular Press

Britzky, Haley. 2018. “#MeToo gets results: 75% of officials accused will be gone by 2019,” Axios. November 9. 

Carlsen, Audrey; Salam, Maya; Cain Miller, Claire; Lu, Denise; Ngu, Ash; Patel, Jugal; and Wichter, Zach. 2017. “MeToo Brought Down 201 Powerful Men. Nearly Half of Their Replacements Are Women,” The New York Times. Updated October 2018. 

Drezner, Daniel W. 2018. “#MeToo, one year later,” The Washington Post. October

Gilbert, Sophie. 2017. “The Movement of #MeToo,” The Atlantic.  October.

Horton, Helena. 2017. “300.000 men join in with #MeToo sexual assault hashtag.” The Telegraph. October. 

Zacharek, Stephanie, Dockterman, Eliana, and Sweetland Edwards, Haley. 2017. “The Silence Breakers,” TIME Person of the Year 2017. Time.