Melinda Gates wrote a moving op-ed about sexual harassment

Melinda Gates is adding her voice to the many women across the world speaking out about sexual harassment.

The philanthropist and co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation published an op-ed for Time on Monday to weigh in on the sexual harassment women face in Silicon Valley and the workplace in general, and reflecting on the immense power of the two short words that started a movement: "Me Too."

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In the op-ed, titled: "'Me Too, Me Too, Me Too' Is Changing the World," Gates discusses the struggles women continually face with regard to sexual harassment, noting that while 2017 has been challenging, it's also been a remarkable time for women speaking up. 

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Movie producer Harvey Weinstein is accused of sexually assaulting or harassing dozens of women, including a number of well-known celebrities, over the past several decades.

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Matt Lauer was fired from 'Today' after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct that allegedly included giving a co-worker a sex toy and dropping his pants in front of a female employee in his office.

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Actor Jeffrey Tambor has been accused of sexual assault by two women from the Amazon series, "Transparent."  

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Sen. Al Franken is accused of kissing a groping a woman without her consent during a United Service Organizations (USO) tour in 2006.

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Eleven women have come forward accusing President Donald Trump of unwanted touching or kissing. Trump has called the sexual harassment claims 'fake news.'

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Rep. Ruben Kihuen, (D) Nevada, was accused of making repeated, unwanted propositions for dates and sex to a woman that once worked on his campaign.

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Hundreds of women accused longtime Hollywood writer and director James Toback of sexual harassment.

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Comedian Louis C.K. has been accused of forcing women to watch him masturbate, according to the New York Times.

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Director Bret Ratner has been accused of sexual harassment by several women, including actresses Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge.

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Actor Anthony Rapp accused Kevin Spacey of making a sexual advance towards him when he was 14 years old.

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Roger Ailes, the former president of Fox News Channel, was accused of sexually harassing former anchor Gretchen Carlson and several other women from the network.

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Several women accused TV host Charlie Rose of sexual misconduct, including groping and lewd phone calls.

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Bill Cosby has faced sexual assault allegations from about 60 women, including several women who claim he drugged them.

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Mark Schwahn, the former "One Tree Hill" showrunner, was accused of sexual harassment by a large number of the show's cast and crew.

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Roy Moore faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct with underaged girls.

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Bill Clinton faced numerous allegations of sexual assault and misconduct while he was president of the United States, with accusers including Juanita Broaddrick, who accused him of rape, Kathleen Willey who said he groped her and Paula Jones who said he exposed himself to her without consent.

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Actor Casey Affleck settled lawsuits out of court wth two women who accused him of sexual harassment.  

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Bill O'Reilly has reportedly made numerous settlements with women who accused him of sexual harassment.

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Anthony Weiner, a former Democratic congressman was sentenced to 21 months in prison in September 2017 after pleading guilty to sexting a teenage girl.

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Veteran journalist Mark Halperin has been accused of sexually harassing women while he worked at ABC News.

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Singer R. Kelly is accused of holding women against their will in houses in Illinois and Georgia in a reported 'sex cult.'

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Former Fox Host Eric Bolling was accused of sending unsolicited lewd text messages to female colleagues.

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Director Roman Polanski fled the US after pleading guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. Several other women have also come forward to accuse him of sexual assault.

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Chef John Besh stepped down from the company he founded after female employees reported facing sexual harassment there. 

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Photographer Terry Richardson was labeled the 'Harvey Weinstein of Fashion' by the Sunday Times amid widespread accusations of sexual harassment by models.

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Singer Kesha accused Lukasz Gottwald aka Dr. Luke of drugging and sexually assaulting her on multiple occasions.

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Former champion boxer Mike Tyson was convicted of raping a Miss Black America contestant in 1992. 

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Former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar has been accused of sexual abuse by dozens of his former patients and athletes.

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Music mogul L.A. Reid left his position as Epic Records CEO/Chairman in 2017 amid harassment claims by a female assistant.

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Amazon Studios chief Roy Price resigned following reports that he harassed a producer and ignored an actress' allegation of sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein.

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Several women have accused former President George H.W. Bush of groping them during photo ops.

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Chris Savino (right), creator of  'The Loud House' was suspended by Nickelodeon after being accused of making unwanted advances toward multiple women.

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Actor Steven Seagal was accused of sexual misconduct by Inside Edition's chief investigative correspondent Lisa Guerrero.

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Michael Oreskes, senior vice president of news and editorial director of National Public Radio, was accused of inappropriate conduct with two women in 1990s.

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Dustin Hoffman was accused of sexually harassing a production assistant when he was 48 and she was a high school senior.

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Jeremy Piven was accused by actress Ariane Bellamar of groping her on two separate occasions. Piven 'unequivocally' denied the allegations.

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Ben Affleck apologized for acting 'inappropriately' towards Hilarie Burton during an appearance on MTV's "Total Request Live" in 2003.

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Andy Dick was accused of sexual harassment and misconduct on set, including groping people’s genitals, unwanted kissing/licking and sexual propositions.

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Four women, including several that were also fellow Scientologists, have accused actor Danny Masterson of sexual assault, according to HuffPost.

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Actor Ed Westwick was accused by actress Kristina Cohen of raping her in his home.

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David Guillod, producer of 'Atomic Blonde,' is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting several woman.

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Andrew Kreisberg, the showrunner for "Supergirl," was suspended in November 2017 amid numerous sexual harassment allegations by members of his staff.

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Actor Tom Sizemore was reportedly told to leave a film set in 2003 after an 11-year-old actress told her mother that he had touched her genitals.

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Steve Jurvetson left his own venture capital firm after allegations of sexual harassment

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A former model accused George Takei of sexually assaulting him 36 years ago.

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Olympic gold medalist Hope Solo accused former FIFA president Sepp Blatter of sexually assaulted her at an award ceremony in 2013.

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A former writer for 'Mad Men' said the show's creator Matthew Weiner told her that she owed it to him to let him see her naked.

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Ron Jeremy has been accused of sexually assaulting more than a dozen women and the allegations span more than 30 years.

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Multiple women accused producer Adam Fields of touching them inappropriately and sexually propositioning them.

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Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) has been accused of unwanted sexual advances by former staffers.

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John Lasseter, the head of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, was accused of crossing the line with employees, including unwanted hugs.

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Singer Nick Carter was accused of rape by a former member of the all-girl teen band Dream, Melissa Schuman.

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A singer accused billionaire Richard Branson of sexual assault during an event as his Necker Island in the Caribbean. Branson says he has no recollection of the matter.

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Talent agent Adam Venit is accused of grabbing actor Terry Crews' genitals.

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Jeordie White (aka Twiggy Ramirez), Marilyn Manson former longtime bassist, was accused of rape by singer Jessicka Addams.

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Lockhart Steele, Vox Media's editorial director was fired after a former employee accused him of sexual harassment.

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Producer Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein's brother, has also been accused of sexual harassment. 

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Jesse Lacey of  the band, Brand New, was accused of sexual misconduct, including soliciting nude photos from a teen girl in the past.

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Senior Correspondent for E! News Ken Baker California was accused of sexual harassment by two women.

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American film director Oliver Stone was accused of groping model and actress Carrie Stevens in the 1990s.

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Reporter Glenn Thrush was suspended by the New York Times after several women accused him of acting inappropriately when they were young journalists.

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Veteran radio host Garrison Keillor was fired by Minnesota Public Radio following claim of improper behavior.

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CNN producer Teddy Davis was fired after multiple accusations of harassment.

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Producer Russell Simmons stepped down from his companies following sexual assault and harassment accusations from two women.

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Longtime conductor James Levine was suspended by New York's Metropolitan Opera after sexual abuse claims.

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Dylan Howard, editor in chief of the National Enquirer, was accused of sexual misconduct by several former employees, including forcing them to watch porn and openly discussing his sexual partners.

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"X-Men" director Bryan Singer was accused of raping a 17-year-old boy on a yacht in a lawsuit filed in December.

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Harold Ford, Jr.

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Chef Mario Batali has been accused by multiple women of "inappropriate touching in a pattern of behavior that spans at least two decades."

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"2017 is proving to be a watershed moment for women in the workplace and beyond. Instead of being bullied into retreat or pressured into weary resignation, we are raising our voices — and raising them louder than ever before," she wrote. "What’s more, the world is finally listening."

Gates touched upon her own experiences in speaking with women around the world over the last two decades, and admitted that though the stories differ, the sentiment of each woman remains unchanging. "From board rooms to presidential palaces to mats spread on the ground in the world’s poorest villages, the message from women is the same: Me too.Me too.Me too."

Though Gates acknowledged that nearly every industry is impacted by sexual harassment, she shared her dismay at how prevalent the issue has become in Silicon Valley.

"It’s disheartening to think that Silicon Valley today, in some ways the most innovative place in the world, is in other ways almost half a century in the past," Gates wrote, explaining that according to last year's Elephant in the Valley study, 60 percent of women in tech experienced unwanted sexual advances.

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387450 01: Bill and Melinda Gates prepare to tee off August 27, 1994 at Farm Neck Golf Club, Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard. (Photo by Stephen Rose/Liaison)
New York, UNITED STATES: (FILES) Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates (L) and his wife Melinda (R) hold a press conference in New York 02 December to announce a 100 million USD gift to establish the Bill and Melinda Gates Children's Vaccine Program. Time magazine said 18 December, 2005 it had selected rock star-turned-activist Bono and philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates as its 2005 'Persons of the Year.' AFP PHOTO/FILES/Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
circa 1998: Microsoft CEO Bill Gates and his wife Melinda stand together, wearing formal attire, New York City. (Photo by Victor Malafronte/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 02: Microsoft chairman Bill Gates and wife Melinda are on hand at a benefit for the charity For All Kids at the Marriott Marquis Hotel. , (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - DECEMBER 2: Business mogul Bill Gates and wife Melinda Gates donate $100 Million Dollar Check to the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health on December 2, 1998 at The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
SEATTLE, UNITED STATES: Microsoft Chairman and CEO Bill Gates looks at his wife Melinda 16 September 1999 during a press conference in Seattle where they announced the Millennium Scholars Program that will provide financial assistance to high-achieving minority students who would otherwise be excluded from higher education. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation program will provide an annual investment of 50 million USD for 20 years. At any given point over 4,000 students per year will be Gates Foundation Millennium Scholars. AFP PHOTO Jeff CHRISTENSEN (Photo credit should read JEFF CHRISTENSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Bill Gates, wife Melinda, & Herbie Handcock during Experience Music Project Opening Gala at Experience Music Project in Seattle, Washington, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
404302 04: Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates arrives at U.S. District Court with his wife Melinda April 22, 2002 in Washington, DC. Gates is taking the witness stand to give his first live testimony since the antitrust case was filed against the software giant in 1998. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
CALCUTTA, INDIA: Melinda Gates (2-L) of the Bill Gates Foundation addresses media representatives during a visit to an HIV-AIDS prevention project in Calcutta, 25 January 2004, as unidentified AIDS volunteer workers look on. Gates met with several of the city's sex workers in various red-light districts and pledged donations to further HIV-AIDS research in India. AFP PHOTO/Deshakalyan CHOWDHURY (Photo credit should read DESHAKALYAN CHOWDHURY/AFP/Getty Images)
CALCUTTA, INDIA: An unidentified Indian sex worker (R) garlands Melinda Gates (L) of the Bill Gates Foundation as she arrives to visit an HIV-AIDS prevention project in Calcutta, 25 January 2004. Gates met with several of the city's sex workers in various red-light districts and pledged donations to further HIV-AIDS research in India. AFP PHOTO/Deshakalyan CHOWDHURY (Photo credit should read DESHAKALYAN CHOWDHURY/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON - MARCH 2: (NO UK SALES FOR 28 DAYS) HRH Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda pose for photographs after Gates is awarded an honorary knighthood at Buckingham Palace on March 2, 2005 in London, England. Mr Gates received a Knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his outstanding contribution to enterprise, employment, education and the voluntary sector in the UK, and his contributions to poverty reduction . (Photo by Tim Graham Picture Library/Getty Images)
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Bill and Melinda Gates attend the swimming competition. (Photo by liewig christian/Corbis via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - JUNE 07: Melinda Gates speaks during a luncheon during the 2010 Women Deliver Conference at The Walter E. Washington Convention Center on June 7, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY MARIANNA BARRIAUX Co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Melinda Gates poses, on October 14, 2014 in Paris. omen are key to boosting economic growth in Africa and the developing world, Melinda Gates said Tuesday, as she stopped off in Paris to press crisis-hit France to keep funding projects for women and girls. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIK (Photo credit should read PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images)
SQUAWK BOX -- Pictured: Warren Buffett, Bill and Melinda Gates, in an interview on May 5, 2015 -- (Photo by: Lacy O'Toole/CNBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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Gates shared words of solidarity to the women of the world, reminding everyone that a person who tries to discourage women from thinking for themselves, having ambitions, or seeking an extraordinary career is in the wrong.

"So let’s be very clear," she wrote. "Anyone who attempts to excuse any mistreatment of women by saying 'what’s acceptable has changed' is missing the point entirely. Discrimination, harassment and rape have never been acceptable. They’ve just been accepted."

The philanthropist closed her piece by saying that while horrifying, the abundance of sexual assault allegations that've come to light this year leave her hopeful.

"In 2017, we now expect something better than what has always been accepted," she said. "By raising our voices, we protect each other."

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