Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, February 6, 2020, the Democratic Women’s Caucus (DWC) led by Co-Chairs Jackie Speier (CA-14), Lois Frankel (FL-21), Brenda Lawrence (MI-14), and Vice Chairs Veronica Escobar (TX-16) and Deb Haaland (NM-01) will hold a hearing on “Honoring #MeToo Silence Breakers with Action: Ensuring Safe and Dignified Workplaces For All.”

The #MeToo movement was transformative in informing our national consciousness about the scourge of harassment and discrimination, but much of the most meaningful policy change has yet to be made. This hearing is an opportunity to highlight the cultural shift we have seen with the movement, the progress made, and the changes and legislation still needed to prevent and address workplace harassment. Witnesses include Drew Dixon, who is featured in the On the Record documentary, which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Dixon is a survivor of sexual violence that she and other women say was perpetrated by Russell Simmons. She will be joined by other silence breakers and experts on safe and respectful workplaces.

The DWC is comprised of the 90 Democratic women Members in the U.S. House of Representatives.

SPEAKERS: Drew Dixon, Writer/Producer, Silence Breaker, On The Record Documentary Subject

The Honorable Charlotte Burrows, Commissioner, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Liz Giorgi, Co-Founder and CEO of Soona

Kimberly Lawson, McDonald's Worker, Fight for $15 Leader

Gillian Thomas, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU Women’s Rights Project


WHAT:          DWC Hearing, “Honoring #MeToo Silence Breakers with Action: Ensuring Safe and Dignified Workplaces For All”

WHEN:          Thursday, February 6, 1:00 PM

WHERE:        2247 Rayburn House Office Building

                    Washington, D.C.

MEDIA RSVP: Tracy.Manzer@mail.house.gov

NOTE:           Livestream of the press event will be available here.