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#TimesUp and #MeToo in Congress: A Discussion

  • The Raben Group 1341 G Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20005 United States (map)

From the personal stories arising from the #MeToo phenomenon to the action-oriented #aTimesUp movement holding harassers and assaulters accountable for their actions, one thing is clear: women and their male advocates are tackling institutional and structural sexism head-on.

But what can, and is, Congress doing to help pass laws to support the movement? And what are the legal implications of its progress?


Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal represents Washington's 7th Congressional District, which encompasses most of Seattle and surrounding areas including Shoreline, Vashon Island, Lake Forest Park, Edmonds and parts of Burien and Normandy Park. Congresswoman Jayapal is committed to ensuring that every resident of the district has economic opportunity; fairness and equity; and safe and healthy communities. She is proud of the district's role in leading the country on issues like the minimum wage, racial equity, and innovation, and will work to support that work and lift it up as a model for the rest of the country.

Congressman Jamie Raskin represents Maryland's 8th Congressional District, which includes parts of Montgomery, Carroll, and Frederick Counties.Congressman Rankin is a dynamic leader of the progressive forces in Annapolis who has been at the center of the breakthrough policy changes Maryland has experienced over the last decade. A professor of constitutional law at American University's Washington College of Law for the 25 years, Congressman Rankin also taught at Yale Law School and authored several books, including Overruling Democracy- The Supreme Court versus the American People, and the acclaimed, We the Students- Supreme Court Cases for and about America's Students

Fatima Goss Graves has spent her career fighting to advance opportunities for women and girls. She has a distinguished track record working across a broad set of issues central to women’s lives, including income security, health and reproductive rights, education access, and workplace fairness. She received her B.A. from UCLA in 1998 and her J.D. from Yale Law School in 2001. She currently serves as an advisor on the American Law Institute Project on Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct on Campus and was on the EEOC Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace and a Ford Foundation Public Voices Fellow.