Join InHerSight's growing community of professional women and get matched to great jobs and more!
Sign Up
Already have an account? Log in
Rate Now

Has the #MeToo Movement Improved the Workplace for Women?

We asked women, and the response was split

We asked more than 1,000 women about whether they believe the #MeToo movement has improved the workplace for women.

Answers between the negative and affirmative were split almost exactly down the middle.

Just over 50 percent of women say it has improved the workplace not at all or not very much, while just over 49 percent of women say it has improved the workplace somewhat or absolutely.


Data chart do you believe MeToo movement has improved the workplace for women

The phrase me too, in regard to sexual assault or harassment, was used as early as 2006, though it was not until 2017, following accusations of sexual assault and misconduct against film producer Harvey Weinstein, that the phrase was widely used and adopted as the moniker for identification of and resistance to sexual violence and harassment and the silencing of survivors, specifically in the workplace.

Since this movement gained traction in 2017, major cases of sexual harassment, assault, and misconduct; boys’ club cultures; and discriminatory practices against women; have been exposed across industries, companies, politics, and among specific people in power in the United States abroad. Perhaps one of the most high-profile cases is that of Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics coach who has been convicted of sexually assaulting minors, many of them his patients.

While the #MeToo movement may be credited with the exposure, prosecution, and conviction of many perpetrators as well as the resignation of those accused, a response has come from the other direction. Sixty percent of male managers say they are afraid to be alone with women at work, with many refusing to offer mentorship to female coworkers. Many women continue to be fired or laid off or otherwise silenced after reporting incidents of misconduct in the workplace; others are publicly humiliated. 

While more women may be coming forward to report assault and misconduct and, in some cases, taking legal action, pushback to the movement continues.


Survey of 1,112 women in July 2019.

Share this post

By Emily McCrary-Ruiz-Esparza

Content Strategist, InHerSight

Emily is on staff at InHerSight where she writes about data and women's rights. 

Get the inside scoop

Are you are a writer or reporter who would like access to the latest data and research from InHerSight?

Want to add to our dataset?

Rate and review a company and take our latest poll


Company Culture Feb 13, 2020

How Do Women Feel About Dating in the Workplace?

It’s long as it’s not me

Company Culture Sep 2, 2019

Women Complain About the Office Temperature, But No One Does Anything About It

Brrrr, it’s cold in here

Career Management Aug 26, 2019

18% of Women Have Considered Freezing Their Eggs to Pursue a Career

Though only a fraction of that have gone through with it

Negotiating Aug 16, 2019

Half of Women Have Never Negotiated Their Salary

Assertive women are judged more harshly than their male peers are, and it could be costing them

Work-Life Balance Aug 12, 2019

Sunday Creep Is Real for 42% of Women

We surveyed women about the pressure to begin the work week on Sunday and the feelings of anxiety that come with it