#MeToo Movement Tops 1.7 Million Tweets

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"Standing side by side, together, our movement will only grow," Alyssa Milano wrote in a tweet announcing the milestone.

The #MeToo hashtag has been used in more than 1.7 million tweets from 85 different countries in the last week and a half, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. 

The movement, which actress Alyssa Milano incited with a tweet of her own on Sunday, Oct. 15, quickly took off among women who shared stories of sexual harassment and sexual assault. In the first 24 hours, the hashtag was tweeted nearly a half a million times. 

Among the women who have used the hashtag to speak out were Debra Messing, Anna Paquin, Jenny Slate, America Ferrera, Evan Rachel Wood, Gabrielle Union and Lady Gaga. Milano's original tweet has been retweeted more than 25,000 times. 

While Milano may have popularized the Me Too movement, it actually began in 2007 as part of Tarana Burke's Just Be Inc. nonprofit, according to The New York Times. She told the Times that Milano reached out to her about collaborating.

On Tuesday, Milano and Burke debuted a custom Twitter emoji when announcing the movement's new milestone. "Standing side by side, together, our movement will only grow," Milano wrote. Burke noted, "it's more than a moment, it's a movement."