The #MeToo Movement

History of the Movement

Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement
Burke, Tarana

UnboundFrom the founder and activist behind one of the largest movements of the twenty-first century, Tarana Burke debuts a powerful memoir about her own journey to saying those two simple yet infinitely powerful words and how she brought empathy back to an entire generation.

The #MeToo Movement
Hillstrom, Laurie Collier

The #MeToo MovementThis volume provides a concise but authoritative overview of the #MeToo movement and its impact on American society. It discusses late twentieth-century efforts to identify sexual harassment as a longstanding societal problem; explains how the 2016 presidential election brought new attention to this issue; introduces activists who helped to launch it, and surveys the impact of the movement on American politics, business, and entertainment.

Reckoning: The Epic Battle Against Sexual Abuse and Harassment
Hirshman, Linda

ReckoningHirshman, acclaimed historian of social movements, delivers the sweeping story of the struggle leading up to #MeToo and beyond, from the first tales of workplace harassment percolating to the surface in the 1970s, to the Clinton scandal in the 1990s.

Investigative Works

Had It Coming: What's Fair in the Age of #MeToo
Doolittle, Robyn

Had It ComingAn illuminating examination of the changing landscape of sexual politics by a prominent journalist. For nearly two years, Globe and Mail reporter Robyn Doolittle investigated how Canadian police handle sexual assault cases. Her findings were shocking: across the country, in big cities and small towns, the system was dismissing a high number of allegations as “unfounded.” Dollitle also the issue of “consent’: not only is the public confused about what it means, but an astounding number of police officers and judges do not understand Canadian consent law.

She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story that Helped Ignite a Movement
Kantor, Jodi, and Megan Twohey

She SaidFrom the Pulitzer-prize winning reporters who broke the news of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment and abuse comes the thrilling untold story of their investigation and its consequences for the #MeToo movement.

Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators
Farrow, Ronan

Catch and KillIn 2017, Farrow, a journalist at the NBC, began to investigate one of Hollywood’s most powerful producers. During the course of his work into allegation against Harvey Weinstein, Farrow faced intimidation, was followed by secret operatives, and an account of abuse in his own family was used to attacked his journalistic integrity. In a great detail, Farrow describes elaborate tactics of surveillance and intimidation deployed by wealthy and connected men to threaten journalists, evade accountability, and silence victims of abuse. It is also the story of the women who risked everything to expose the truth about the prevalence of sexual harassment and spark a global movement.


Things We Didn’t Talk About When I Was a Girl: A Memoir
Vanasco, Jeannie

Things We Didn't Talk About When I Was a GirlIn this courageous memoir, the author confronts one of her former high-school friends, a boy named Mark, who had sexually assaulted her. After fourteen years of silence, she reaches out to him and he agrees to talk on the record and meet in person. Jeannie details her friendship with Mark before and after the assault, asking the brave and urgent question: Is it possible for a good person to commit a terrible act? Jeannie interviews Mark, exploring how rape has impacted his life as well as her own. She examines the language surrounding sexual assault and pushes against its confines, contributing to and deepening the #MeToo discussion.

Know My Name: A Memoir
Miller, Chanel

Know My NameBrock Turner had been sentenced to just six months in county jail after he was found sexually assaulting “Emily Doe” on the campus of Stanford University. Her victim impact statement was posted on BuzzFeed, where it instantly went viral, was translated globally and read on the floor of Congress. It inspired changes in California law and the recall of the judge in the case. Now Miller reclaims her identity to tell her story of trauma, transcendence, and the power of words.


Locating Additional Resources

Please consult one of our reference librarians or schedule a research consultation if you have questions about the resources listed in the guide or if you would like to find additional books, articles or online sources related to the movement.

compiled by: Agatha Barc, 17 September 2021