Two months on, here's everything that's changed since the Harvey Weinstein story broke.

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to declare the world a different place today than it was two months and one day ago.

If power sat on a see-saw, with men and women on opposing sides, then the last 61 days have acted as a leveller, with women using fire and frustration to take back the power that was never afforded to them, but they always deserved.

Two months ago, just about to the day, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey published their remarkable exposé into the allegations of sexual harassment, misconduct and assault surrounding former, now fallen, movie executive Harvey Weinstein.

The report was months of work. It was important. The report itself was reported on. The world began to talk and talk and never really stopped.

But perhaps no one could predict how fast the dominoes would then fall.

The last two months have been a remarkable time for women, and in a climate where we’re so caught up in exposing ugly abuses of power, we haven’t afforded ourselves the time to reflect. The time to stop and breathe and look around.

Because in the two months since the Harvey Weinstein story broke, sexual harassment has stood on a world stage. It was looked at, given some names and faces for good measure and subsequently shouted down as one of power’s last taboos. It was finally considered through a lense of legitimacy.

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In the last two months, Hollywood's ugly undercurrent of powerful men exerting sexual power was interrupted by public shaming. By good reporting. By the world sitting up and choosing to take notice.


The future of Harvey Weinstein's company, The Weinstein Company, was thrown into flux. The company pledged to change its name. It delayed the release of films like The Current War and Polaroid, sold Paddington Bear 2 and one of the company's closest allies in Quentin Tarantino distanced himself from them.

Kevin Spacey's own allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct saw him cut from his tenure at House of Cards and director Ridley Scott promising to cut out Spacey’s performance as J. Paul Getty in All the Money in the World.

Andy Dick was fired from two of the films he had begun work on in light of similar accusations. Jeremy Piven's Wisdom of the Crowd was cancelled. Extensive allegations levelled at Brett Ratner saw Warner Bros. cancel their development deal with the movie mogul and his production company, RatPac. Ed Westwick - now accused rapist - was shelved from White Gold as production was put on pause. Jeffrey Tambor was forced to leave Transparent. Louis C.K's newest film, I Love You, Daddy, was not released despite being hours from its premiere. TV Producer Andrew Kreisberg was fired from Warner Bros. Russell Simmons' name was removed from Def Comedy Jam. Danny Masterson was written out of TV series The Ranch.

Hollywood - the place we rely on to tell stories, the place that has an indelible impact on pop culture and lense of which we see the world - suddenly looked a little different. Safer. More defiant.

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And then the ripple kept moving.

Journalists starting chasing journalists. TV kings Charlie Rose, Matt Lauer and Mark Halperin were all taken off air as some of the most well-known names fronting American TV news. The men delivering the news of the world were suddenly the face of a great of the news of the world.

On November 30, Vice News fired three employees for verbal and sexual harassment.

Across the Atlantic, the men of UK's Parliament were forced to answer to allegations of their own kind. In early November, British media reported on the existence of a list of allegations of around 40 MPs from Theresa May’s Conservative Party. The list included six ministers with many accused of sexual misconduct.

Back home, Don Burke's name and history became fodder for public discourse, Australian's collectively gasping at the extensive and ugly allegations levelled at the celebrity gardener.

The change was so swift, so contagious, conservative commentator Andrew Bolt issued an apology to women.

Of course, it would be easy to reflect on the last few months by focusing exclusively on the downfall of the powerful man.


But it's the rise of the everyday woman that should be shrouded in the light once afforded to the men now despairing in the darkness of their actions.

The women who formed part of the tsunami-like movement that was #MeToo, who bravely added their voice and their stories to the wave of allegations.

The women like Tracy Spicer, Kate McClymont, Tracy Grimshaw, Leigh Sales and Lorna Knowles who've done remarkable things on home soil to bring men to account.

Two months after the New York Times published their story on Harvey Weinstein, the world and its women take less shit. Two months after the New York Times published their story on Harvey Weinstein, sexual harassment is considered a crime worthy of losing your job over.

Two months after the New York Times published their story on Harvey Weinstein, Wikipedia created their own webpage called the Weinstein effect, regarding it as "a phenomenon where allegations of sexual misconduct against celebrities are publicized and trigger responses from companies and institutions".

Two months after the New York Times published their story on Harvey Weinstein, the world is a marginally better place - a safer, more inclusive place where women stand, just a little bit, on a more equal footing.

And yet - it's still a place where not even the Weinstein effect can rattle the halls of the White House, and oust the world's most powerful man out of a job.