The #MeToo Revo­lu­tion

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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.

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