What has the #MeToo movement achieved?

The #MeToo movement has been referred to as ‘A great awakening with serious dangers’. Will #MeToo finally, galvanise substantial, authentic, longstanding change for working women and some men, reversing the persistent, pervasive and damaging problem of gender based violence and misogyny which occurs in many workplaces around the world and which is entrenched in some? Or will it be another passing phase, serving as cultural capital for privileged celebrities which will be quickly followed by business as usual? This project unpacks these questions by looking at the impacts of the #MeToo movement and how they align with what we have learned from 30+ years of research on the causes, effects and proposed solutions to sexual harassment.

Chief Investigators


  • McDonald, Paula, Charlesworth, Sara (2019) Academic evidence on the causes, manifestations and responses to workplace sexual harassment: Initial submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission's National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces
  • McDonald, Paula, Charlesworth, Sara (2016) Workplace sexual harassment at the margins Work, Employment and Society, 30 (1), pp.118-134.
  • McDonald, Paula, Charlesworth, Sara, Graham, Tina (2016) Action or inaction: bystander intervention in workplace sexual harassment International Journal of Human Resource Management, 27 (5), pp.548-566.