International Women's Day: #metoo, #timesup and What Female Empowerment Looks Like in 2018

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The day after Donald Trump was elected, women in the U.S. called for mobilization and organized several protests across the country on January 21, 2017, which emulated around the world. The Women's March was born. Mark Ralston/AFP

The day after Donald Trump was inaugurated, women in the U.S. and around the world took part in the first-ever Women's March on January 21, 2017. Throughout the year, the movement persisted and carried into 2018.

In late 2017, the Harvey Weinstein scandal exploded with actresses Ashley Judd, Alyssa Milano and Rose McGowan leading the charge. One by one, actors and actresses shared their own stories of sexual harassment and assault. Several big names such as Kevin Spacey, James Franco and Michael Douglas are now subject to countless allegations of sexual misconduct. 

In October 2017, the hashtag "#metoo" trended as thousands of Twitter users revealed they had experienced sexual harassment or assault too. Another hashtag, "Time's up" was created around the beginning of 2018's award season. Celebrities wore black or showed their support for the cause by donning pins, flowers or tattoos on red carpets. #metoo and #timesup have become staples of female empowerment. 

The movement shows no sign of dying out, with 2018's International Women's Day a heartbeat away. 

Protesters gathered in midtown Manhattan as part of the Women's March vowing to resist President Donald Trump January 21, 2017, in New York. Don Emmert/AFP
Women's Marches also took place in Spain. David Ramos/Getty Images
And London. Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
After these January's Women's Marches, women mobilized again during International Women's Day on March 8, 2017. Filippo Monteforte/AFP
A woman dressed as Statue of Liberty reacted as she took part in an International Women's Strike Rally in New York City's Washington Square Park on March 8, 2017.Kena Betancur/AFP
The women's movement persisted throughout the year. In late 2017, several protests for women's rights took place in South America. These Brazilian women's activists marched for pro-choice rights on September 28, 2017, in Rio de Janeiro.Mario Tama/Getty Images
On October 5, 2017, the New York Times revealed that Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein had been hushing accusations of sexual harassment for decades. Actress Ashley Judd, cited in the Times' article, was one of his accusers. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters
Several other Hollywood actresses came forward in October 2017, telling their own stories of sexual harassment or assault. AFP/Getty Images/Reuters
On October 15, 2017, Alyssa Milano called for women to tweet out "me too" if they had ever been sexually harassed or assaulted. This prompted a massive response from women all over the world. The hashtag #metoo is still active today. Twitter
The Me Too Campaign was created by activist Tarana Burke in the mid-2000s. Milano's tweet revived its 10-year-old slogan.Kris Connor/Getty Images
Following the allegations against Weinstein and other Hollywood heavyweights, victims of sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual abuse and their supporters protested during a #MeToo march in Hollywood, California, on November 12, 2017.Mark Ralston/AFP
Victims of sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual abuse and their supporters protest during a #MeToo march in Hollywood, California on November 12, 2017.Mark Ralston/AFP