You are here

Home » Lauri Hennessey: What I Learned from My #MeToo Journey

Lauri Hennessey: What I Learned from My #MeToo Journey

As long as there have been men in positions of political power, there have been young women working for them who face harassment in the workplace. While we know sexual harassment happens in many industries and professions, there seems to be a preponderance of such stories around elected officials. And in the days and weeks that follow a new story breaking, part of the narrative often includes victim blaming, both by the elected officials and their supporters.

Looking back 30 years after working for Senator Bob Packwood from Oregon, Lauri Hennessey recounts what she learned in the halls of the nation’s capital and asks why there are still so many stories about politicians and the women who work for them.

Please note that this is a hybrid in-person and virtual event. As a precaution against the continued threat of COVID-19, the host site agrees to follow all local, state, and federal safety guidelines for public gatherings. A Zoom link is provided for guests who choose to attend virtually.

- - -

Lauri Hennessey (she/her) has over 30 years of experience in communications, politics, and nonprofits. She is the CEO of the League of Education Voters and board member for the state chapter of the National Women’s Political Caucus. She is married with three grown children.

Hennessey lives in Vashon.

- - -

This event is made possible by Humanities Washington's Speaker Bureau Events.

Speakers Bureau talks are free public presentations on history, politics, music, philosophy, and everything in between. Humanities Washington’s Speakers Bureau roster is made up of professors, artists, activists, historians, performers, journalists, and others—all chosen not only for their expertise, but their ability to inspire discussion with people of all ages and backgrounds.

All talks are free and open to the public, and each lasts about an hour. They are hosted by a wide range of organizations throughout Washington State.

Event date: 
March 31, 2022 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

In Person Event:

Helen Sommers Building
106 11th Ave SW
Olympia, WA 98501

Virtual Live Stream:

Time: Mar 31, 2022 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 881 1701 4886

Passcode: 962388

One tap mobile

+12532158782,,88117014886#,,,,*962388# US (Tacoma)

+13462487799,,88117014886#,,,,*962388# US (Houston)

Dial by your location

        +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)

        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

        +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)

        +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)

        +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)

        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Meeting ID: 881 1701 4886

Passcode: 962388

Find your local number:

Contact Info: 

Kate Sowers - Program Coordinator | Email:

Event Type: 
Other Event