In 2006, Tarana Burke founded the me too. movement to help survivors of sexual violence, particularly young women of color from low wealth communities, find pathways to healing. Using the idea of “empowerment through empathy,” the me too. movement was ultimately created to ensure survivors know they're not alone in their journey.
~From the me too site
The New York Times Harvey Weinstein Story
In October 2017 the movement gained momentum when The New York Times broke a story about the sexual harassment of multiple women by Harvey Weinstein, including several high profile stars such as Ashley Judd. When Alyssa Milano tweeted "Me too" in support, and called to others to do the same if they'd ever experienced sexual harassment, millions of tweets followed. Read the story: Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades. Since then stories of sexual harassment and assault in the work place continue to come out across industries in the US and around the world.
Time's Up is a response to sexual harassment in the workplace, providing support, including a legal defense fund for lower income women, for those who have been sexually harassed. It is "a unified call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere. From movie sets to farm fields to boardrooms alike, we envision nationwide leadership that reflects the world in which we live."
~From the Time's Up Mission statement