CHAPTER 4

ALLIES ON THE SIDELINES

The Role of Men

In the midst of writing this book, we began to hear speculations about the aftermath of the #MeToo movement. Some of the prominent men brought down by revelations of sexual misconduct and assault were making tentative professional comebacks, even as journalists continued to break new stories about companywide cultures of sexual harassment.1 We also heard about changes effected by the movement, such as startup investors adding “#MeToo clauses” to their deals, requiring entrepreneurs to disclose whether they’ve been accused of harassment, and executive contracts that now allow companies to deny severance pay and other benefits to bigwigs terminated for sexual misconduct.2 Many firms set up ...

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