The state of #MeToo: Here's where the movement stands 2 years after the explosive allegations that launched it

Getty Images3 in 10 male workers view the #MeToo movement unfavorably.
  • After #MeToo, one-third of US workers changed their behaviour in the office, according to a new survey conducted by AP-NORC Centre for Public Affairs Research and the software company SAP.
  • While 38% of supervisors changed how they interact with employees after #MeToo, 3 in 10 men still view the movement unfavorably.
  • The survey also found black employees and other workers of colour say diversity and inclusion practices still lag.
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The #MeToo movement changed how Americans work.

One in three US part- and full-time workers changed their behaviour in the office in the wake of the #MeToo movement, according to a new survey. The survey, conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Centre for Public Affairs Research and the software company SAP, sampled 1,000 workers. The sample was designed to be representative of the US population.

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One third of workers also said they have talked about sexual misconduct in the workplace with coworkers in the past year. The #MeToo movement reached workers from industries all across America – including entertainment, retail, and finance – who called out sexual harassment.

Some working men, however, did not view the movement as a good thing: just over 3 in 10 men view the movement unfavorably. Earlier this year, a Lean In survey found 60% of male supervisors are afraid to have one-on-one meetings with female employees.

Here are some other ways workers responded to the #MeToo movement:

  • 4 in 10 working Americans say their employer has established new training on harassment in the workplace after #MeToo
  • 38% of supervisors changed how they interact with employees after #MeToo
  • 53% per cent of employees think the emphasis on recent sexual misconduct cases will bring positive change for women in the workplace
  • 60% of workers who say they experienced workplace sexual misconduct view the movement favourably

The survey also asked American workers how they think racial and ethnic diversity will fare moving forward – and many workers of colour detailed persisting challenges. For instance, just 23% of black employees say working conditions for them will improve in the future.

About 4 in 10 workers think white and male employees have more advantages at their workplace compared to other groups. Over half of black and Hispanic workers considered diversity and inclusion programs before accepting a job, compared to just 27% of white employees.

A separte new report from McKinsey and Lean In found that while white women saw some gains at work, women of colour make up just 4% of corporate C-suite. Women of colour also face unique challenges at work, and face larger rates of workplace harassment than white women.

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