The Weekly Standard’s Alice Lloyd is out with a bold new cover story on the #MeToo movement and the intergenerational divide it has exposed. In the essay, she discusses the challenges of motherhood and standing up for yourself.
She spoke to Jill Abramson, the first-ever female executive editor of the New York Times about life for women in the newsroom, and how the #MeToo movement is changing the status quo in the workplace. “I can remember the first day I went to work in the Washington bureau, two women reporters took me out to lunch to tell me everything: who to watch out for, who was a real asshole,” says Abramson.
Lloyd states that “It was only in October of last year that the Harvey Weinstein stories started to hit, yet it already has the unmistakable feeling of epoch-making history. Predatory men, perched on the ruling rungs of highly visible professions, fell one after the next…Whatever you call it, there’s no denying its purpose. What #MeToo’s critics all seem to miss is that the movement now underway represents a practical reorientation of the struggle for women’s equality. At its core is not a partisan argument, but an exceptionally American one: that we’re past due our equal freedom.”
Bridging the divide between generations of American women, she says, “The freedom to call a creep a creep—and not just destroy him, but change the course of history—means more when we remember how hard women have worked, bit by bit, proving our equal measure while also bearing our extra biological burden, just to claim our natural freedoms in the first place.”
You can read Alice Lloyd’s story in full here.