The attention and consequences garnered by the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements are working because women believe that sexual harassment and assault are being taken seriously. Thirty-three percent of women indicated their reason for becoming more politically active was #MeToo, the Women’s March, or considering themselves part of the resistance. And, exactly half of all poll respondents agreed with the statement “The harassment and assault of women is being taken seriously by men in positions of power.
Women are demanding more from their elected officials. More than one-third (35 percent) would feel better represented by someone who shares their specific characteristics likes age, race, or religion. And out of nine key issues, women’s rights was ranked fourth highest in level of importance among all respondents with 39 percent of women polled ranking it in their top three.