Dec 29, 2018 - Economy & Business

#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.

  • CBS had its year of reckoning, giving CEO Les Moonves the boot, along with settling with accusers of Charlie Rose and an actress who says she was retaliated against for reporting sexual misconduct.
  • 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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