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2021 was a year of reckoning. When Grace Tame accepted the Australian of the Year Award in January 2021, she exhorted survivors of sexual violence, long silenced by shame and law, to use their voices and “make some noise”. They’ve been doing just that ever since. Grace and Jess Hill, author of Quarterly Essay 84: The Reckoning: How #MeToo is Changing Australia, discuss the dramatic events of the last fifteen months, their impact on contemporary politics, and how the fight for women’s justice has reshaped the nation.

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