Raymond Ha

Document Type


Publication Date

Fall 11-30-2019

Course Name

Backwards and in Heels: Gender Inequity


Jeanne Buckley


First Year Seminar, Arcadia University Undergraduate Curriculum


After four years of bitter silence, Emily Doe, a young woman known across media only as the victim of a Stanford sexual assault incident, shed her false persona and reclaimed her true identity as the compelling Chanel Miller in her riveting memoir: Know my name. Though quiet in terms of personality, Miller possesses a tremendous writer’s voice that has allowed her to vividly depict the traumatizing situation that occurred and how she was impacted by the events that followed. Since then, her name has become synonymous with resilience and her figure an upstanding symbol of the #MeToo movement. Her powerful story brought forth waves of support and criticism alike, and continue to evoke response from many today. While the episode with Brock Turner has undoubtedly left Miller with an immense emotional scar, her perseverance and determination to take control of the narrative paved the way for a tale rich with pain, recovery, and hope to blossom.