Chicago Foundation for Women Kicks Off Week of Conversation about Sexual Harassment
March 19 2018

120 groups across region set to participate in Talk It Out: #MeToo

(March 19, 2018) – This week, March 19 – 24, Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) presents the third annual Talk It Out, a week-long, region-wide conversation series designed to spark understanding about gender bias. This year, Talk It Out: #MeToo will focus on continuing the conversation started by #MeToo and engaging Chicago communities in developing strategies and solutions to end sexual harassment and gender bias.

“Talk It Out is part of CFW’s strategy to end gender bias in our region,” CFW President/CEO K. Sujata said. “In light of the ongoing national conversation around #MeToo, we are focusing on sexual harassment as an extreme form of gender bias. Sexual harassment objectifies and dehumanizes women, limits their economic opportunities and infringes on their right to move about the world freely and without fear.”

“#MeToo has forced a national reckoning with the prevalence of sexual harassment. Now, we need to expand the conversation to include men and boys and to begin developing strategies to end harassment,” Sujata added.

Over 120 individuals and organizations have signed up to host conversations. Registered hosts include 1871, Chicago Women’s Health Center, Mikva Challenge, Olive-Harvey College, Schiff Hardin LLP and Women Employed.

Talk It Out was launched in 2016 as part of CFW’s 100% Project, an all-out, all-in effort to increase women’s economic security and to end gender bias in the metropolitan Chicago region.

Individuals and organizations can sign up to host at cfw.org/talkitout. Hosts receive a toolkit containing questions to start the conversation and tips for creating a welcoming and respectful environment.

Community members can join in the conversation on social media using the hashtag #TalkItOut, and participate in a Twitter Chat on Wednesday, March 21 at 12 p.m.