The #MeToo Revolution
The seeds of the #MeToo movement were planted in 2014 with the reigniting of sexual assault accusations against Bill Cosby. In 2016, Hillary Clinton’s election loss to a man with a history of misogyny ignited a collective rage, spurring worldwide women’s marches that drew more people than the Trump inauguration. And in 2017, the takedown of Harvey Weinstein via sexual assault and rape claims revealed by the New York Times and Ronan Farrow in the New Yorker broke the dam. Women everywhere took to social media to recount stories of sexual assault using the hashtag #MeToo. The revolution was televised, tweeted and shared, bolstered by the bravery of the victims who chose to speak out. Eventually it spawned the Time’s Up movement, which combats workplace sexual assault and gender disparity in everything from hiring practices to industry representation and career advancement. It also put its money where its mouth is, establishing a legal defence fund to advocate for victims.