In October, the dam finally broke.
That's when multiple women, including female employees and actresses, began to accuse powerful film producer and studio executive Harvey Weinstein of explicit sexual harassment. The revelations came more than a year after Roger Ailes, the chairman of Fox News, was toppled following allegations of sexual misconduct, and just months since Fox News host Bill O'Reilly was forced out on similar charges.
But the Weinstein revelations hit a particular nerve, sparking a tidal wave of allegations against scores of powerful men in multiple industries, from Hollywood and the media to the halls of state and local government. Many of the accused have been rapidly ousted, including news anchors Charlie Rose and Matt Lauer, actors Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K., public radio personality Garrison Keillor, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn) and Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) -- to name just a few.
The Weinstein disclosures also reignited the viral #MeToo campaign, which had been introduced a decade earlier by social justice activist Tarana Burke. After Weinstein's fall, the phrase was resurrected by actress Alyssa Milano, who encouraged women to tweet about experiences with sexual misconduct. Millions of people in multiple countries have since used the hashtag to share their own experiences.