Meet the Women Fighting Sexual Harassment With Time’s Up
Jan 8, 2018
Hollywood has a message to predators everywhere: Your time is UP.
More than 300 of Hollywood's fiercest females—including MAKERS Ava DuVernay, Eva Longoria, Shonda Rhimes, and Jill Soloway—joined forces to form Time's Up, an initiative dedicated to bring down the pervasive culture of sexual harassment across all industries. And they brought their powerful and positive movement to the Golden Globes where stars pledged their solidarity, wore black and pins in support, and even brought activists such as #MeToo founder Tarana Burke, National Domestic Workers Alliance director Ai-Jen Poo and Restaurant Opportunities Centers United president Saru Jayaraman as their plus one.
"The clock has run out on sexual assault, harassment and inequality in the workplace," the women say in their mission statement. "It's time to do something about it."
It's time to shift the balance in the workplace, from representing the few to representing us all. Sign the #TIMESUP solidarity letter and donate to the #TIMESUP Legal Defense Fund right here: https://t.co/GNhkSnWIDbpic.twitter.com/a5oi2Sbaam— TIME'S UP (@TIMESUPNOW) January 1, 2018
The "leaderless coalition" has already raised more than $14 million to support victims through the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund spearheaded by Tina Tchen, former Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, and legal pioneer Roberta Kaplan.
So proud of my friend and former chief of staff @TinaTchen and the other strong women banding together to fight sexual harassment, and protect the women who are courageously coming forward. #timesuphttps://t.co/Qb1ty2bZ9s— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) January 3, 2018
"People should not be afraid to speak out, should not be afraid to assert their rights because they're afraid of retaliation or because they can't get access to a lawyer," Tchen has said.
In addition to legal support, the organization is partnering with advocates to campaign for legal and company policies that hold wrongdoers accountable. The women are also planning to wear black in solidarity at this year's Golden Globes to draw national spotlight onto this issue.
"This industry is no longer what it used to be," DuVernay said. "The gatekeeper's gates are rusting."