After being introduced by DCSS President Sally Hillsman, Williams first presented an overview of the #MeToo Movement in the United States and then discussed the implications of addressing sexual harassment for a variety of organizational entities (including ASA). Williams has studied sexuality, homophobia, and sexual harassment in a wide variety of workplace settings, and her scholarship is focused more generally on gender, race, and class inequality in the workplace.
In now-traditional fashion, the ASA President-Elect addresses the DCSS membership each winter before their presidential term begins the following August. As in most years, DCSS attendees braved very cold temperatures in downtown Washington to chat with Williams at a brief reception preceding the talk and then engaged with her and each other in discussion afterward.
For Williams, the DCSS speaking experience was a positive one. “I enjoyed the warm welcome I received from the members of DCSS,” said Williams. “How fortunate you are to have ASA headquarters in your neighborhood! I am grateful to the diverse audience of students, researchers, and professional staff for providing stimulating feedback on my work.”