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For Women’s History Month, Newnan-Coweta Historical Society will host a program featuring Dr. Stephanie Chalifoux, Assistant Professor and Graduate Studies Coordinator, University of West Georgia, at the Historic Train Depot, March 20, at 7 p.m.
Dr. Chalifoux will put the #MeToo movement into historical context with her talk:

#MeToo: The Past, Present, and Future of a Women’s Movement against Sexual Violence

“The #MeToo movement has generated public and private discussions about workplace harassment,” said Dr. Chalifoux. “I know people are conflicted about what they read and what they’ve experienced. I hope this talk will contribute to the discussion by examining the past to help us make sense of the present.”

Dr. Chalifoux will explore the historical roles of women in US society and their efforts to bring attention to sexual violence.
She will present a brief history of sexual violence against women; the Industrial era and women’s movement into the public sphere; and harassment in the workplace. She will also discuss the history of sexual violence against women of color and the efforts to bring attention to the issue, the Women’s Movement, the creation of rape crisis centers, and other issues, including sexual harassment, legislation, and the recent #MeToo movement, as well as the backlash and the movement’s future.

“We are looking forward to hosting Dr. Chalifoux and hope many of our friends can attend to learn more about the roots of this important national movement,” said Jeff Bishop, executive director of the historical society.

Chalifoux earned her PhD in History at the University of Alabama. She studies women, labor, and sexuality in the US. Her most recent essay, “America’s Wickedest City: The Sexual Black Market in Phenix City, Alabama,” is available in the edited volume: “Sex and Sexualities in Modern Southern Culture.”

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