A few nights before the New York Times published the story that helped jump-start the MeToo movement and ended some high-profile careers, reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey were sharing a cab and hurtling toward the great unknown. The two reporters had spent a huge chunk of investigating previously undisclosed allegations that Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein had been sexually harassing and abusing women for decades. They had details about at least eight settlements, one going back to They had collected many dark stories about abuse, intimidation and derailed careers, but as the story was about to drop, Twohey and Kantor were facing one of the most disturbing scenarios of all. And in the midterm elections, a record number of women ran for office and won.
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The question now is whether or not private pain can be turned into collective strength. I think that what you saw almost immediately was a growing safe space for more women to come forward and tell their stories. For months, Kantor and Twohey had been having confidential discussions with top actresses, former Weinstein employees, and other sources, learning of disturbing long-buried allegations, some of which had been covered up by onerous legal settlements. The journalists meticulously picked their way through a web of decades-old secret payouts and nondisclosure agreements, pressed some of the most famous women in the world—and some unknown ones—to risk going on the record, and faced down Weinstein, his team of high-priced defenders, and even his private investigators. But nothing could have prepared them for what followed the publication of their Weinstein story.