This is basically The Avengers in real life!
Ava DuVernay invited Maha Dakhil, Melina Matsoukas, Rashida Jones, Natalie Portman, Nina Shaw, Jill Soloway, and Tina Tchen to the 2018 MAKERS Conference stage to talk about Time's Up and what's next for the movement.
Entertainment lawyer Nina Shaw was met with applause when she broke down the Time's Up mission: "It's simply equity and safety in the workplace."
CAA agent Maha Dakhil revealed that when Donald Trump was elected president followed by the Hollywood explosion of #MeToo stories, she and her colleagues brought together women who were outraged to brainstorm about what they could do.
"If you convene women in a room and you brainstorm, look what can happen in a matter of weeks. Every other industry can do this, and we want to be there to support and amplify it as much as we can," she said.
Natalie Portman emphasized why it's important to raise the voices of women everywhere. "The farmworkers are told, 'no one cares about you, you're in the shadows, your voice doesn't matter.' And the women in the spotlight are told, 'you're the elite, no one cares about you, stop whining, stay silent,'" Portman says. "The uniformity is just like 'shut up, no one cares' and...all of our voices matter. We all have stories to tell and need to stop being silent about injustice."
Time's Up is a unified call for change for women everywhere. The campaign addresses systemic inequality and injustice in the workplace that has kept underrepresented groups from reaching their full potential. Since launching, Time's Up has focused on action—raising nearly 20 million dollars for the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund (TULDF). Housed at and administered by the National Women's Law Center, TULDF helps women and men who face workplace sexual harassment connect with legal representation and public relations assistance. From movie sets to farm fields to boardrooms alike, the Time's Up movement envisions a nationwide leadership that reflects the world in which we live.
Tina Tchen, Partner, Buckley Sandler LLP, revealed that the campaign raised $20 million in one month from 20,000 supporters across the country. They've had over 1,000 requests for help from those who have suffered from sexual harassment and workplace injustices. To learn more about how you can help the movement, go to the National Women's Law Center (www.nwlc.org).