The Symbol of the Year in 2017, as voted by Symbolic Systems Program affiliates, is...
The “Me too” hashtag, popularized in 2017 by Alyssa Milano, and building on the use of the phrase by Tarana Burke starting on MySpace in 2006, united women especially (as well as men) who had experienced sexual harassment and assault. While public attention focused on accusations against famous men in media and politics, the wider message reached wherever power differences had facilitated abuses and misogyny.
Nominated by Emily Mandelbaum (Class of 2002), James Landay (Professor of Computer Science), Lisa Wallace (Class of 2014), Josh Elman (Class of 1997), Deena Weisberg (Class of 2003), Keith Devlin (Senior Researcher at H-STAR), BJ Fogg (Social Science Research Scholar at H-STAR), Joshua Solomin (Class of 2000), Clayton Mellina (Class of 2011), Ariana Qayumi (Undergraduate Major), Ash Brown (Class of 2003), Emma Garforth (Class of 1989), Susan Holmes (Professor of Statistics), Will Barkis (Class of 2001), Matt Kodama (Class of 1997), Catherine Hartley (Class of 1999), Bruno-Ken Shiozawa (Class of 1995)
- Other Notable Symbols from 2017
- Press release: #MeToo Wins Symbol of the Year Vote for 2017
- "#MeTodd wins symbol of the year for 2017", Stanford News, February 5, 2018
- Symbol of the Year and Other Notable Symbols: Annual Vote