Amid #MeToo, more colleges host women as graduation speakers

In the previous 19 years, women made up just a quarter of commencement speakers at those schools.

Posted: May 9, 2018 7:28 AM

More of the nation's top colleges are choosing women as their commencement speakers this year, a shift that some tie to the #MeToo movement.

Experts in the speaking industry say demand for women has soared amid revelations about sexual harassment from Hollywood to Washington.

Hillary Clinton is headed to Yale. Mindy Kaling will be at Dartmouth. Sheryl Sandberg is speaking at MIT.

An Associated Press analysis finds 14 of the 25 wealthiest colleges chose female speakers this spring, the first time women outnumber men in at least two decades.

In the previous 19 years, women made up just a quarter of commencement speakers at those schools.

Colleges say the #MeToo movement didn't directly influence their decisions but might have been on the minds of students who helped pick speakers.

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