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Aug 20, 2021

"#MeToo as an idea isn’t new....(W)omen journalists (have been) shedding light on the obstacles, indignities, and violence women face in the workplace....(since) the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when a significant cohort of women entered the newspaper industry." Lori Harrison-Kahan in an OpEd on CNN.com

August 18th is the 101st anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which ratified women’s right to vote. What most people do not know, is that the fight for women’s voting rights was also the beginning of what we now call the #MeToo movement.  As we see yet another powerful white man fall from the power of the #MeToo movement, listen here to this untold part of the story.


Listen to professor Lori Harrison-Kahan of Boston College explain how these brave women started speaking out against harassment in the early 1900’s – and about a prominent (and rare) female journalist of the era who used her platform to keep the movement in the headlines. That journalist is Miriam Michelson, who also happens to be GCR host Joan Michelson’s great-great aunt. (Lori wrote a best-selling book about her, "The Superwoman and Other Writings of Miriam Michelson, which Joan wrote the foreword to.)

You'll hear: 

  • How women journalists in the 1890s-1900's addressed the #MeToo movement of their day.
  • How Miriam used her platform for social causes she cared about, especially women's rights.
  • Lessons for women today.
  • Great stories from Miriam's best-selling fiction, which made her a "celebrity" of her day.

Click here to watch a video of Joan and Lori’s sold-out event at the Newseum about it, and to find more articles and podcasts about it, including Professor Marcia Chatelain of Georgetown University on Black women suffragists.

You’ll also want to listen to:

  • Newseum event on Suffrage Movement,
  • Brooke Kroeger, Author of “The Suffragents” on the male supporters of women’s vote (Is Joe Biden a “Suffragent” for choosing Senator Kamala Harris as his VP)
  • Marcia Chatelain, Professor of American History and African American History at Georgetown University, on Black women suffragists.
  • Jennifer Palmieri, Former Communications Director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and President Obama, and author of “Dear Madam President.”

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