February 09, 2018

This week on To The Contrary with Bonnie Erbe, our panelists discuss how the #MeToo movement benefits low wage workers if at all and Behind The Headlines: Teaching slavery in High Schools.


On the panel this week joining host Bonnie Erbe is: Latifa Lyles, Vice President, National Network to End Domestic Violence;  Jennifer Higgins, GOP Political Strategist; Avis Jones DeWeever Founder, Exceptional Leadership Institute for Women, Patrice Onwuka, Senior Policy Analyst, Independent Women’s Forum

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#MeToo and Working Women

Is the movement reaching working-class women?

  • Latifa Lyles: “I do think there’s something we can do societally and from a government perspective, you know, what happens on a policy level in corporations in the workplace is sometimes is about the bottom line imperative.”

  • Jennifer Higgins: “I think the fact that unions are mobilizing are a positive sign, I think it gives these women that are in the restaurant, hospitality industry an ability to know that they have an advocate”

  • Bonnie Erbe:

  • Avis Jones DeWeever: "Certain jobs that allow for below minimum wage work makes it so these women really rely on tips, that’s really how they survive, so that puts them at particular danger in terms of the behavior of customers, and it puts them in danger in terms of the behavior of their bosses, because they need to have the hours to be able to go and get the tips.  It is just a complete domino effect.”

  • Patrice Onwuka: "There are other unintended consequences that actually have a backlash against women, Sheryl Sandberg, CEO of Facebook talked about this, which is men are going to feel like they are not able to be around young women in particular and have those one on one interactions.”


Teaching Hard History: American Slavery

Are educators effectively prepared to teach slavery in high schools?

  • Latifa Lyles: “It’s almost a hidden truth, it’s something we hear about and read it, it’s on page 25 of our textbooks of children, and then we swallow it and keep moving on.”

  • Jennifer Higgins:“I think in the context of education, we are seeing incomplete information, what’s happening is that students are going to school and they are getting part of the story, they are not getting the context.”

  • Bonnie Erbe: “I remember African history and African American History classes started springing up in college in the 70’s, why is there that gap in grade schools?

  • Avis Jones DeWeever: “I don’t believe there is a desire in this country to teach the truth about history”  


“I believe that is true in the north, and the south, and the east, and the west.”

  • Patrice Onwuka “I think it’s fascinating when you compare Germany and how children are taught about the Holocaust and taught the gruesome details of the loss of life and maybe that’s a lesson that needs to be taught here in the United States.”

  • Maureen Costello: “If we talk about any of the racial divisions that we still experience today including the racial inequalities, that all leads back to talking about slavery and that is why we need to teach it.


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