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What #MeToo looks like around the world

  • What #MeToo looks like around the world

    Before it became a worldwide phenomenon in hashtag form, Tarana Burke used the phrase “me too” to help form a community around sexual assault victims. In 2006, Burke founded Just Be Inc., an organization dedicated to the health and well-being of young women of color, and coined the phrase after a girl revealed her experience with sexual assault.

    In October of 2017, the New Yorker and New York Times each published stories about high-profile women, including actress Ashley Judd, and Italian actor and director Asia Argento, who said they had been sexually assaulted by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Later that month, actor Alyssa Milano sent the tweet heard around the world and #MeToo was born. It was tweeted almost a half a million times in 24 hours.

    The #MeToo movement has gained steam over the past year, bringing down politicians, CEOs, and powerful men in Hollywood while launching a global conversation about sexual harassment. More women are speaking out about their experiences and some countries have subsequently introduced new legislation or changed their policies and laws around assault and rape.

    To get the international scope of the #MeToo movement, Stacker combed through news archives and referenced timelines from outlets around the world. Click through to see how the hashtag has inspired global change.

    ALSO: Faces of the #MeToo movement

  • Tarana Burke

    Activist Tarana Burke referenced the phrase “me too” in 2006 in an effort to help give a voice to underprivileged women of color who were victims of sexual abuse.

  • Ashley Judd

    Tarana Burke, left, and Ashley Judd spoke onstage at “Time’s Up” on April 28, 2018, during the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. On Oct. 5, 2017, The New York Times ran a piece detailing Judd’s account of the sexual harassment she endured from Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. In May, Judd filed a lawsuit suing the media mogul for harming her career because she shunned his sexual advances.


  • Alyssa Milano

    A little over a week after the New York Times story was published, Alyssa Milano tweeted: “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted, write ‘me too’ to this tweet.”


  • #MeToo goes viral

    Victims of sexual violence and their supporters protested during a #MeToo march in Hollywood, California on Nov. 12, 2017. A day after Alyssa Milano tweeted about sexual assault, nearly half a million people joined her in sharing the hashtag #MeToo.


  • Rose McGowan

    Actress Rose McGowan spoke at The Women’s Convention in Detroit on Oct. 27, 2017. McGowan accused Harvey Weinstein of rape shortly after Ashley Judd’s story went public. After making the accusation, she tweeted #MeToo.

  • Asia Argento

    Italian actor and director Asia Argento, center, who accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, marched with Rose McGowan, in the “Non Una Di Meno”—Not One (Woman) Less—movement on March 8, 2018, as part of International Women's Day in Rome.


  • #quellavoltache

    Asia Argento, who previously tweeted #quellavoltache, spoke out about sexual harassment and Harvey Weinstein alongside director and screenwriter Ava Duvernay at the Cannes Film Festival in France on May 19, 2018. Quella volta che was Italy’s call to men and women to speak out about their sexual abuse experiences.


  • Bjork

    On Oct. 15, 2017, Icelandic pop singer Bjork posted on Facebook that she was sexually harassed by a Danish director. Lars Von Trier admitted he hugged the actress on the set of “Dancer in the Dark,” but he denies allegations of sexual harassment.   


  • McKayla Maroney

    Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney, pictured at the 2012 Olympics in London, joined the #MeToo movement on Oct. 18, 2017. Maroney accused Dr. Larry Nasser of molesting her from the age of 13. Earlier this year, Nasser was convicted of sexual abuse and sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison after more than 160 girls and women came forward.

  • Sandra Muller

    French journalist Sandra Muller spoke during an interview with Agence France-Presse on Oct.16, 2017 in New York. Muller created the hashtag #balancetonporc (rat out your pig), the French equivalent of #MeToo, to recount how her former boss had called her “my type of woman” and then commented on her breasts.


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