Dec 29, 2018 - Economy

#MeToo's 2018: Congress, Church and Silicon Valley

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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Since it was first popularized more than a year ago by actress Alyssa Milano, the #MeToo hashtag has been used over 19 million times, and 75% of public officials accused in the U.S. of sexual misconduct will be out of office by the new year.

The big picture: #MeToo has rocked a number of institutions previously resistant to believing victims of sexual misconduct, with more expected to come.


It was the year of the woman, in more ways than one.

  • A record-setting number of women won seats in Congress in November's midterms.
  • The Senate and the House came to an agreement on a bill which tackles the process staffers and lawmakers undergo when accusing a colleague of sexual misconduct.
  • The #MeToo movement was part of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, after he was accused of sexual misconduct.
  • Flashback: President Trump joked about the rules of #MeToo at a Pennsylvania rally, saying it kept him from using the phrase "the woman who got away."


Silicon Valley has a big sexual harassment problem that it was forced to start tackling.


Religious institutions around the world had to face their histories of abuse.


  • Photojournalists broke their silence about harassment in the industry.
  • The Miss America pageant rebranded as a result of the #MeToo movement.


Around the globe

It wasn't just the U.S. — men and women around the world said enough is enough.

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