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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.2018 All rights reserved.