Idina Menzel joined the chorus of voices on the internet saying “me too” today, in reply to a statement made by Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, suggesting that women calling for justice after experiencing harassment in the workplace need to “let it go.”
Chao made the comment when adding her own #metoo story, saying, “I will fight for other women and I will stand up for other women, but, of your own, you gotta let it go, because otherwise, it’s too corrosive, it’s too negative, and it does you a double injury because it holds you back.” Chao declined to name the harasser in her own work place, only noting that he was still active, and adding, “Things change, times change, and it’s not worth my while to go back and revisit those negative moments.”
Menzel called Chao out on Twitter for dismissing the idea that, perhaps, other women’s experiences and healing processes may look different from her own. “With all due respect @SecElaineChao,” Menzel tweeted, “Every woman has the right to her own healing process but the LET IT GO I know is about unleashing that inimitable FORCE within each of us/that power we share as women to stand up 4 ourselves & make a change. #nomorehiding #nomoreshame #metoo,” referencing the hit Frozen song and shutting down the secretary in a single eloquent tweet.
With all due respect @SecElaineChao. Every woman has the right to her own healing process but the LET IT GO I know is about unleashing that inimitable FORCE within each of us/that power we share as women to stand up 4 ourselves & make a change. #nomorehiding #nomoreshame #metoo https://t.co/iykDIsSKTA
— Idina Menzel (@idinamenzel) December 6, 2017