​​​Journalist Alice Lloyd '09 Explores the #MeToo Movement​

After writing an article about the #MeToo movement for "The Weekly Standard," Alice Lloyd '09 was interviewed on C-Span's "Washington Journal."

Alice Lloyd '09 and the cover article she wrote for The Weekly Standard

Journalist Alice Lloyd '09 Explores the #MeToo Movement

When Alice Lloyd '09 wrote an article for The Weekly Standard about the impact of the #MeToo movement, she said, "this line gets to the heart of it: '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 it is not a partisan argument, but an exceptionally American one: that we're past due our equal freedom.'"

A staff writer for the American conservative opinion magazine, Alice was a guest on C-Span's "Washington Journal" on March 10 to discuss the #MeToo movement and its broader impact on feminism today. The half-hour broadcast focused on Alice's cover story for the March 12 issue of The Weekly Standard, "The Catastrophic Success of #MeToo: Understanding the Feminist Movement That's Remaking America."

Alice spoke with the program's guest host, Kimberly Atkins, and responded to comments from viewers who called in to the show. Alice's interview was part of the cable network's "Washington Journal" series highlighting recent magazine articles.

The #MeToo movement began in October 2017 as a hashtag on social media, initially in response to New York Times articles that documented decades of sexual abuse by Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein. Within days of the Weinstein revelations, both the news media and social media were filled with reports from individuals – the overwhelming majority of them women – who shared stories of sexual harassment and assault, especially in work environments.

For her article, Alice interviewed a number of prominent women who reflected on the #MeToo phenomenon and its place in the women's equality movement; they also shared their own experiences facing gender barriers and sexual harassment over decades. Among the women Alice interviewed were Shirley Tilghman, the former president of Princeton University; Lynn Povich, a prominent journalist and author; Jill Abramson, former executive editor of The New York Times; and Leonore Tiefer, a respected psychologist and researcher.

When Alice was first assigned the story, she recalled, "my editor came to me saying, 'Doesn't #MeToo have the same essential goals as every women's movement since suffrage? What's different now, and what's the same? Why don't you ask some second-wave women?' The Weekly Standard is a conservative magazine, so to my thinking this was – perhaps above all – an opportunity to point out that #MeToo and calls for women's equality generally aren't partisan expressions but liberal-democratic ones."

In the conclusion of her article, Alice recounts her own mother's efforts to balance a career with family. "It's the sort of story women of my generation know too well to listen to it. And it makes me wonder whether a #MeToo conscious of its inheritance will be about much more than women's equal opportunity, unimpeded by predatory perverts in the workplace. 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. In the sweep of history, #MeToo is just another episode of liberal democracy setting right what stubborn inequalities remain."

Alice has been a staff writer with The Weekly Standard since May 2016. After her 2013 graduation from Dartmouth College, where she majored in Religion and Art History, Alice taught English at the Unquowa School in Fairfield, Connecticut.

At The Weekly Standard, Alice said, "My beat ranges from policy – my last cover was on paid family leave – to pop culture, including pretty much anything in between that catches my attention. For example, I'm working on an investigative series about the theft of $1.2 million worth of wine from the man next in line to be CEO of Goldman Sachs. The culprit, this banker's former personal assistant, is now in custody in Manhattan after a year and half on the run; since his capture, I've been reporting on his back story and the details of his scheme."

Alice said she still draws on her Westover experience in her work. "Westover has shaped my perspective on virtually everything. My Westover years, more than any other time in my life, prepared me for a career as an independent thinker. Too often young women reflexively defer to men's opinions. They start from an early age and never quit. Among its other gifts, all-girls education helps us knock the habit. But Westover girls especially learn the value of thinking differently; we're inquisitive, inventive, and unafraid!"

To watch Alice's appearance on "Washington Journal," click here.

To read Alice's Weekly Standard article on the #MeToo movement, click here.