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Science  15 Feb 2019:
Vol. 363, Issue 6428, pp. 682-685
DOI: 10.1126/science.363.6428.682

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BethAnn McLaughlin, a 51-year-old neuroscientist, has in the last nine months exploded into view as the public face of the #MeToo movement in science. Last June, she created a website, MeTooSTEM.com, where scores of female scientists have posted mostly anonymous tales of their own harassment. In just 2 days that month, she convinced the widely used website RateMyProfessors.com to remove its "red hot chili pepper" rating for "hotness" in professor evaluations. She wields her irreverent, sometimes wickedly funny Twitter presence, @McLNeuro, as part cudgel, part cheerleader's megaphone, and has launched online petitions to spur organizations including the National Academy of Sciences, AAAS (which publishes Science), and the National Institutes of Health, to respond to sexism and sexual harassment. But now her own career is on the line. Later this month, McLaughlin will lose her faculty position at the medical school at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, unless the chancellor steps in.