LIVE 🎥: 2018 MAKERS Conference | Day 1
The 2018 MAKERS Conference opens with founder and executive producer Dyllan McGee; writer, performer, actress, Liza Koshy; and Jennifer Bailey of the Faith Matters Network. A special panel with the Time's Up Campaign featuring Maha Dakhil, Rashida Jones, Melina Matsoukas, Natalie Portman, Nina Shaw, Jill Soloway and Tina Tchen took the stage to talk about. what's next for the movement, moderated by filmmaker, writer, producer, Ava DuVernay.
SPEAKER>>> Our program will begin in ten minutes. Please take your seats. Our program will begin in five minutes. Please, take your seats. Our program is about to begin. A courtesy to our presenters and those around you, please silence your cell phones. Our program will begin in two minutes. Please take your seats. Please take your seats. Our program is about to begin. VIDEO CLIP>>> on thursday the "new york times" dropped a bombshell report with women going on the record about decades of sexual harassment accusations against mega producer harvey weinstein. The course of a multimillion-dollar payout to bill o'reilly generated outrage from women's groups. >> this is happening in middle america. This is happening for women that work at chili's. >> what did usa gymnastics do to manipulate these girls so much that they are so afraid to speak up? >> time after time, women coming forward, for years, finding all sorts of different ways to raise red flags. And all the different ways they were silenced. >> women cannot achieve equality in the workplace or in society until there is a reckoning. >> but the truth is, they don't hold all the power anymore. >> do you think that they would be doing this to us if we were men? This is so insulting. >> i am aware of all the women who are still in silence. >> we have kicked in the door and now it's time to tear down the house, brick by brick. >> i will say it right now out loud, me, too. AMERICA FERRERA>> time's up on the behavior, and the culture that makes women less safe in the workplace. OPRAH>> i want all the girls watching here now to know that a new day is on the horizon! >> mr. We're a lot fucking stronger than you think we are. >> hoda is the official co-anchor of "today.” >> kathy tran the first asian-american woman elected.
WHOOPI GOLDBERG>>donna karan (sp?) became the first openly transgender person to hold state office. >> saudi arabia's king salman decided to allow women to drive. >> the first woman to run the boston marathon doing it again here, 50 years later at the age of 70. >> what do you want to do when you grow up? GITANJALI>> i want to be an epidermeologist or geneticist. TARAJI P. HENSON>> these brave women helped put men into space. >> a major shout out to girl power with "wonder woman” smashing its way into the record books. \m\m (G.O.T)>> you're a dragon. Be a dragon. KIM FOXX>> who we are can't be articulated by anyone but us. MEGAN SMITH>> we need those voices in this innovation. FEI FEI LI>> when you believe something is right, you have to do it. LENA DUNHAM>> we're actually allowed to behave however we want. BETTY REID SOSKIN>> they put a microphone in my hand, and i get to get even! KUMAIL NANJIANI>> we've been talking for fucking centuries. It's time for us to shut up and listen. LENA WAITHE>> i'm never going to be afraid to keep going, even when nobody else believes. AMY MCGRATH>> you're going to be a better person for standing up. NADIA BOLZ-WEBER>> it's just like a power greater than yourself. JANELLE MONAE>> we come in peace, but we mean business. >> ladies and gentlemen, dyllan mcgee. [ cheers and applause ] \m\m DYLLAN MCGEE>> hello, everyone! Woo! Welcome to the 2018 makers conference! [ cheers and applause ] we are so thrilled to be here at the beautiful neuehouse in the heart of hollywood, where a whole new kind of earthquake began this fall. Women stood up, and the old boys fell down, and at makers, we are all over this. Makers is a feminist media brand that has been a mega phone for women's voices for six years now. I can't believe it! [ cheers and applause ] we are very proud to be part of the oath board of oath and we have the oath board of advisers here with us tonight, oath board of advisers, can you please stand? [ cheers and applause ] thank you! Yeah, all right! Thank you, thank you. So at makers we tell stories of groundbreaking women, and many of whom have been raising their voices for decades. Gloria steinem. [ cheers and applause ] barbara smith! [ cheers and applause ] betty reid soskin. The time is up so over the course of the next three days you'll hear from women and men who have not only raised their voices but taken it a step further into action, because our voices are taking us so far but it's really the action that's going to take us to the next level. So that is why on our final day we're doing something new, team. Our makers board of advisers and i want each and every one of you to stand right now, makers ad board of advisers. [ cheers and applause ] okay, look at all these women. Don't be shy. No, stay, stay. [ cheers and applause ] okay. Each one of these women is going to get up on this stage and make bold and exciting pledges and commitments not just to say more, but to do more. It's going to be incredible, so don't miss out wednesday morning. Okay, other things that are new this year -- men. Mmm-hmm. Right? We've got a lot of them in the audience! There they are! There they are! [ cheers and applause ] some of them are even going to come up on the stage, and we hope that all of you on the live stream, we hope there are men out there, too. You guys are the ones who get it. You're not buying into the old boys club anymore. Your willing and want to join the girls club and let me tell you something about the girls club, we will never, ever discriminate against anyone for gender, race, ethnicity, orientation, so ladies, let 'em in! [ cheers and applause ] and then there's the girls, and this time i mean the next generation, i mean the step team over here. [ cheers and applause ] everything we do at makers is with an eye towards your future, a future that is not just female, but also feminist, because it's that mindset that's really going to make change, and so here's the thing. I have two teenage feminist sons. Okay? And in thinking about this conference, i wanted to speak to the next generation, so i turn to my 13-year-old henry, and i said to him, all right, henry, who are the role models, who are the female role models for your generation, and without skipping a beat, henry said, liza koshy, and i said, who is that? He said, oh, mom, i cant believe you dont know Liza Koshy, she's an amazing comedian and actress and plays all these characters. She's on youtube, she’s got 15 million followers mom. He's like, just watch. So i did. Take a look. \m\m LIZA KOSHY>> this is completely insane to me. I'm just eternally thankful to everybody who has supported me. There is no need to label people. How does this keep happening? \m\m hey guys, what's up? It's your girl liza. Thank you. Youtube and you, too, helped build my confidence, my voice, other voices, even the ones inside my head, there’s alot of them. Hello? That's why this is so hard, boys, because it's hard for me to thank you for letting me be him, her, him, her, but mainly me. Woo! [ cheers and applause ] DYLLAN MCGEE>> i mean, it only took me a minute to know we had to get liza koshy to the makers stage. Ladies and gentlemen, liza koshy! LIZA KOSHY>> let me hear you scream! Let me hear you! \m\m it's an adrenalin rush! Okay, when i say may, you say kers. I like it, may, ker, all right, all right, how you guys doing tonight? Thank you so much. Thank you, thank you. DYLLAN MCGEE>> the funny thing about liza -- LIZA KOSHY>> oh no. DYLLAN MCGEE>> i think i may have met my match. Liza koshy may have more energy than dyllan mcgee. LIZA KOSHY>> no way, no way. DYLLAN MCGEE>> you do your thing, honey. I'm leaving you on the stage.
LIZA KOSHY>>We're both taller than this, that’s my success story.
DYLLAN MCGEE>>We’re both 5 feet tall. Liza, thank you. LIZA KOSHY>> give it up for dyllan, please give it up for dyllan. Alright, woo, goodness gracious. I am very small. Hi! How are you? I am very, very nervous to be here but i'm very excited to raise my voice so thank you for having me. Hi. I'm liza koshy and that video made me look crazy, which means it was accurate, because i am. I spend, i'm just so honored and so flattered and honestly, i was really confused as to how i got here. I don't know how i have the privilege of speaking to an enormous room of amazing bad ass women and supportive ass men, but i am here and i would love to thank henry for having been in my age demographic and for having great taste in people he watches. So thank you, henry. Henry gonna keep me employed, y'all. But i'm so excited to raise my voice here today. I am not a public speaker by trade and you guys can tell. I usually speak in private, and then i press a button to make it public. Millenials. Ahem. I am a millenial that creates for gen z, aka hen-ry. My creations began on an app called vine, and now vine allowed me to create videos that were six seconds long, and now it allows me to create nothing, rest in peace, vine. Too soon, i'm sorry. Now six seconds wasn't enough and as you can see, i enjoy talking a lot and being extra obnoxious, so i explored the world of youtube to see what i could create on there and see if anybody would be down to listen to little old me, and they did. Now, 13 million people do, and i don't know what's wrong with them, but hey, you made them, okay? They're your kids, not mine. You raised them right, though, pblt, but for some reason they put up with me and willing to watch what i put up, so from writing to shooting to editing to creating sketches and bits and characters from the voices that are inside my head, y'all saw that, they watch what i do, and what i do is what i love, and i'm just so grateful that they do, but with this love, and with love in general comes responsibility. Now, it is an honor to have the platform that allows me to communicate with our future leaders and future entrepreneurs and strong, young boys and girls and future even stronger men and women, and it's amazing to be able to speak to them and speak their language. It's weird, they use like pound signs and hashtag, it's crazy, y'all. But i am proud to speak lightheartedly of topics they'll relate to and learn more as they develop and grow and raise their own voice such as stereotypes, sexism, anxiety, and i take so much pride in having created this lighthearted world for them to speak their own voices and share through their own comments and relate to me on that different level. But the reason why my voice is heard is thanks to those who have raised theirs before me, and i am thankful to have been raised by three amazing, strong women. No, i do not have three moms although it is 2018 and we can do anything now, but i have an amazing, beautiful mother that raised me and two strong older sisters, and incredibly supportive father who allowed me to come out here and be this insane for the rest of the world, so i was encouraged to be myself and encouraged to be confident and encouraged to be heard, and now i'm not only do i have a platform online but a platform i'm standing on today, so i'm very grateful for that. [ cheers and applause ] thank you. But i wouldn't be able to do what i do if i wasn't inspired by the amazing voices of women in this audience tonight, voices from the audience before me including amy richards, who may be backstage right now, i think. She is an amazing human being who i met at a dinner with these awesome ladies organizing conjunction with youtube, natasha hildebrand and betsy rosenberg,who are the dynamic duo behind Doyan, dedicated to curious conversations and honestly opened my brain up, opened my world up into talking and speaking and using my platforms to really heighten my own voice and raise my own voice but it was an amazing dinner that connected me with amy. She's not back stage, she's right there, but thank you. And then the ladies of bliss, hello. I am just incredibly, your story is just incredible and these women inspired a nation with an award-winning documentary "step” and they're now taking the lessons they learned and teaching it to the world and teaching it to a generation that i'm also trying to speak to, so just -- you, thank you, thank you. That was awful. If you all need a member, please let me know. I got better rhythm than that, that was pretty bad, but thank you and absolutely beautiful. Regina wilson in the audience tonight if you wouldn't mind raising your hand, cause i'm not sure where everybody's at. I'm sorry. Regina wilson, she remains on one of only ten african-american women on the new york fire department which consists of more than 10,000 firefighters. She was the first responder in 9/11, a first responder in 9/11 so i have to say one more time please give it up for regina. Thank you for being here. And of course gloria steinem, i don't know where to start. Where is she at? No? I don't know where to start with you. I have to talk to you later and i'll force you to talk to me later, thank you. Tamika catchings, where is she in the audience tonight, please give it up. Yes, give it up. Former wnba player who embraced what others would call a disability and made it her sixth sense on the court, still one of the best players ever in the wnba today, raise your voice for tamika one more time please, please, please. And amani akatbe, im so sorry, girl, i got a foreign last name too, my bad. This rock star of a woman, where she at, i just saw, did i see her? Oh she's on the screen, there we go, reference. This rock star of a woman created muslim girl which is a blog in youtube channel and a movement that goes to take back the narrative about misleading misconceptions surrounding islam and specifically in and around women. Please, please raise your voice so loud for amani. [ cheers and applause ] now these are just few of the incredible women that i am learning from, and who are just a few that inspire what i am currently doing, and trying to apply the lessons that i have learned from all of them into what i do moving forward with my life. Now, i am extremely proud to be raising my voice on a show i am making right now called liza on demand, yes, my name is in the title, don't worry, i'm humble. But not too humble. Look at my sweatshirt, that’s right. I got it from my incredible co-writers and co-creators and show runners and amazing overall bad asses, deborah kaplan and harry elfant, incredible, creative people who are woke and are absolutely amazing. We have over half female cast and crew and are all helping me raise my voice through entertaining storytelling and being completely unapologetic about who i am as a strong female lead. So the show's themes of feminism and strength really carry through the entire storyline in each episode and from being cat called from being told to smile, beautiful, from saying that i can't do a job because it's for a man, this show gives those archetypes the not always perfectly manicured middle finger and a humor. We're all through humor with a smile and a message and that humble plug being said go check it out. I am honored to contribute to the foundation laid before me by you incredibly strong women in the audience and by, i am absolutely proud to share my platform, so that all may be heard. I'm talking of generations before me and generations ahead of me. I'm very, very excited to just be someone contributing to the time that is now because time's up. But i am proud to be raising my voice and so excited for yours to keep raising over the next three days and beyond, baby, because this is what it is for the rest of our life and for the rest of this generation is what we're doing now, just going to keep raising and keep yelling even loud sore thank you guys so, so, so very much. LIZA KOSHY>>Thanks for listening! [ cheers and applause ] oh, that's my cue. Alright! I think i'll keep running. \m\m AVA DUVERNAY>> are you past dream time? Is it time for to you actually stand up and do something? You know, you just have to begin. You have to start somewhere, and when you begin, momentum comes into play and you find yourself. You're no longer dreaming. You're doing. I had a wonderful childhood. I grew up in compton otherwise known as the hood here in los angeles and i grew up around which lot of brown people, just a wonderful array of people of color, but i went to school with people who weren't of color, which was a catholic school, all girl's catholic school, gray wool skirts from first grade to 12th grade. So that was an interesting juxtaposition culturally. My aunt denise really gave me the love of movies. She really used film for me as a window into the rest of the world. The biggest film that i remember that made an impact was "west side story.” I watched it alone, and i remember reacting to the colors and the romance on the rooftop, with the lavender dress and the movement and all the brown people, because they felt like people in my neighborhood and they were just beautiful. \m\m i was a big reader, but never had any idea that one could actually make a living, you know, playing make believe. Just didn't come into the realm of my consciousness as a viable alternative to make a living, but it was that proximity to filmmakers, being on sets and seeing how it was done that demystified the process for me. Up until that point it had just been magic, but when you’re actually watching people that you represent and that you're close to make films, you're like that guy is a jerk, he's making this film? I can do this. \m\m AVA DUVERNAY>> i couldn't get it made. I couldn't get the money i thought i needed for it. It was odd. Studios were not interested in the inner lives of black women like i thought they would be. Go figure. So i you know i had that revelation and that come to jesus. It was like, girl, of course, that's not going to happen. You need to find another way. \m\m i had submitted work before, and never made it in, and all of a sudden, i get the call that you're in the festival. It's like oh, great, what category? I'll take anything. They were like dramatic competition. Lord have mercy i'm gonna faint. >> the directive award dramatic film goes to ava duvernay for "middle of nowhere.” \m\m
AVA DUVERNAY>>ultimately women have to make movies, and we don't need institutions to do that. And i think the more that we can empower ourselves and know that there are other ways that we don't have to be authenticated by these structures, that we don't have to be told that it's valid, that we find ways to make it happen, is how it changes. SPEAKER>> ladies and gentlemen, ava duvernay. [ cheers and applause ] \m\m AVA DUVERNAY>> thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you, thank you. It's so funny, wherever i go, i know i'm going to hear glory. I walk out, and they play "glory.” It's going to follow me forever but i don't mind. listen im here today, this is makers, like let's give it a round. I'm really excited that this is getting started. [ cheers and applause ] really cool, really cool. We're starting it off with some tremendous, tremendous women. No time to waste. I'm going to get them on out here and we're going to have a conversation about time's up, because it is. Here we go, maha dakhil, rashida jones, malina matsoukas, natalie portman, tina tchen, nina shaw and jill soloway. This is basically the avengers, in real life. So happy to be here with you all. What we're going to do is dive into time's up, a real intimate conversation about the inner workings, the origins, the future, the intention, so that we can all leave here on the exact same page that it goes beyond a cool thing that happened at the globes or some headlines, and really get inside of it and know exactly what we're doing, right? All right, so what the hell is this thing? Who can give us the overview, the log line for folks who have never heard of time's up? >> maha. >> go maha. MAHA DAKHIL>> hi, everybody. Time's up, well, the overview and the origin really began when donald trump was elected, and it was a shot heard around the nation, and i like to think that time's is born of a collective consciousness. I think the reason why this came together so quickly and so speedily, you know, specifically in response to the allegations that you've all heard in hollywood in terms of sexual harassment, but i think even before that, i think women have been feeling very marginalized and oppressed since, you know, this shocking turn of events happened in our country, and when in hollywood it happened in such an affronting way, we had to respond to it. So in terms of how it began, it began in so many different ways, but a few of my colleagues, michelle, kid lee, hilda quelly and christy sat down and made a list of all the women we knew who were as outraged and one good thing about agents is we can convene easily so we invited all these folks and dozens of others of incredibly courageous, wonderful women in our industry to sit and sit around a table and start brainstorming about what we do do. AVA DUVERNAY>> i think it's important to know who the we is, so you have agents, you have high powered lawyers, you have writers, producers, directors, actors, screen writers, public advocates. The group is pretty large. It is really multifaceted, very robust, really dynamic, when you get in the room with all these women that touch different parts of the entertainment industry in different categories. Jill, can you talk a little bit about, because i know that you've been, you know, facilitating some of the smaller convenings. JILL SOLOWAY>> yes. AVA DUVERNAY>> how is it to have all of these women in a room together with, and these are powerful alpha women, how do we manage that? JILL SOLOWAY>> i mean, ava, you know, it's like a dream come true, right? Like this is happening. We've been, we've all, we've all been waiting for this moment, and so you get in that room at caa with these women around this huge table and you go, okay, we're all here, and this is real, and the revolution is alive and let's do it, and it's just so exciting, and to me the thing that's most exciting is the sense of collaboration, where there isn't that question usually of politics, where it's like who is going to do that and whose job is that, that's not my thing. We're saying yes and yes. What do you want me to do, and i got this. People are all filling in the space with their enthusiasm and joy for revolutionary, you know, connectivity and changing the world together. For me when i saw the golden globes and i was like holy shit, like we took over a thing. We took over an awards show, and it worked. AVA DUVERNAY>> in a very small amount of time, too. JILL SOLOWAY>> it's just like insane. AVA DUVERNAY>> it is. It is, and it's dynamic. It's beautiful to watch, and to feel. Nina, can you talk a little bit about the mission, the overall mission? We'll let the lawyer do the legalities, let us know what the mission is. NINA SHAW>> well, it's very simple. It's equity and safety in the workplace, and that really -- [ cheers and applause ] >> yes. NINA SHAW>> you know, we like to say at time's up, we can do anything, but we can't do everything. So the goal was to set a mission that really related not just to the entertainment industry, and frankly, not just to women, that really what covered the cross-section and everyone relates to it, and i think that one of the wonderful things about coming out the way we did at the golden globes was, or really in january 1st in a different publications is that we were focused on not just our industry. We were focused on a group of women who had written to our actress sisters in solidarity and we were writing back to them. AVA DUVERNAY>> absolutely. I think one of the things that's important when you hear the law it's equity and safety in the workplace, one of things that time's up is doing is to really make that intersectional and i was wondering rashida if you could talk a bit about that, not focused only on women but men dealing with sexual harassment but it's really about an equity and a safety and all its permeatations throughout the industry. RASHIDA JONES>> yes, well i think one of the things we were forced to look at when we are asking for something is what do we want for ourselves and how do we make change in our own backyard first, and i think the biggest thing is, we want our industry to reflect the world, and the world's changed, and hollywood has got to change with it. So with that in mind, you know, i think everybody here and everybody in the movement kind of acknowledges that there is no change unless you bring every single person along who has spent time being marginalized, harassed, assaulted, whether that means you're a person of color, whether that means you're a woman with, you know, whether that means you're a disabled person. Like there are so many people who have been ignored as we deal with the long tale of the patriarchy, frankly, so for us intersectionality is the hub, it is the absolute centerpiece of everything that we do. [ applause ] AVA DUVERNAY>> absolutely. So tina, can you give us, you know i have to ask you the heavy lifting questions. TINA TCHEN>> yes. AVA DUVERNAY>> can you talk a little bit about the strategy going forward, specifically as it relates to the legal defense fund? TINA TCHEN>> well, i'll tell you, one of the great things about time's up and i think the reason it has spoken to so many people across the country is that everyone here in the entertainment industry really knew they wanted to reach out beyond this industry, and really reach folks who don't have as much means and privilege, and an ability to speak out for themselves without fear of losing their jobs or harming their family, and we have real life examples of that, where people who are speaking out are getting sued, you know, for defamation to silence them, or low income women who don't, you know, have enough damages that a lawyer will actually take their case. AVA DUVERNAY>> right. TINA TCHEN>> so the folks here, the leaders at time's up said we really want to do something. I'm a lawyer, that's my background. AVA DUVERNAY>> that's why i asked you the legal question. TINA TCHEN>> yes. One of the real tangible ways each need help right now is to get lawyers across the country, and sometimes a lot of the big firms that do pro bono work can't do this work because they've got conflicts with the big companies so you got small lawyers who can't afford to do this for free and that's why we have this time's up legal defense fund. [ applause ] so $20 million dollars in a month from 20,000 donors across the country from $5 to millions of dollars. Its been an Amazing outpouring of support, over 200 lawyers signed up. I will tell you we've had over a thousand requests for help in a month. AVA DUVERNAY>> whoa. TINA TCHEN>> the need is clearly there. AVA DUVERNAY>> i hadn't heard that number. TINA TCHEN>> from all industries, farmer workers, hotel workers, you know, steelworkers. I had a steelworker from indiana reach out to my office so we've got folks who we thought that was the case, that there are people hurting right now, and time's up has really spoken to that and spoken to men and women across the country who need help, who need help getting safety and equity in the workplace. NINA SHAW>> really spoke to our need to take action, that we didn't want to be a group of people who got in a room and talked about the changes that we wanted to see made. We wanted to be part of that change, and it was so important for us to come out in the beginning with an action oriented item. What are we going to do? We're going to set up this fund. We're going to invite people who, all people, not just women, not just men, people who fall within the criteria, and then we are going to do something, and that has been, i think the hallmark of us as a group. We don't want to just be talk. TINA TCHEN>> so have to give a nod to our sisters at the national women's law center, a 45-year-old women's rights organization in washington, d.c. we kind of dropped this idea on them right around thanksgiving and said, we want to announce it january 1st, so like get used to that idea and they came on board, and you know, it was a big reach for them, but they've given us the infrastructure, the expertise to get this stood up. We wouldn't be able to be answering a thousand requests right now without their assistance. And nwlc.org, lawyers who want to volunteer, people watching, if your a lawyer and you want to volunteer go to nwlc.org and we need donations, go to the go fund me page for time's up. It's nwlc, national women's law center, dot-org, nwlc.org. If you need help there's a button to fill out a form to request help. If you are a lawyer and able to volunteer your services, please go on there and fill out the form to volunteer, and anyone who can donate or wants to organize a fund-raising drive the go fund me page for time's up is still up there and we are still expanding our goal because anybody who knows what it's like to pay legal fees knows 20 million is a lot of money. AVA DUVERNAY>> not a lot of money. AVA DUVERNAY>> it's not that much. Need more, yes. AVA DUVERNAY>> one of the things i really learned about time's is a quest to and just getting started but a real desire to the intersection line. I say that word again because it's just incredibly important, if we're talking about inclusivity we not just have it in a narrow view that applies only to us. mo Me as a black women can't get completely tunnel vision on the shall us of black people and women. I also have to think of native people, i have to think of latino people, i also have to think of trans people, i have to think of other people who are not me who need to be included in this conversation. Sometimes that's a push and melina and i work on, she leads up our, i love the name of the committee, we have a bunch of different committees in time's up but the hottest sounding committee is the one -- MELINA MATSOUKAS>> and the hottest. AVA DUVERNAY>> and the hottest, the one that's call woc, woc, women of color. She adds that up. We're just trying to find our legs inside the organization. I want to talk about this transparently how the challenges that we're coming into and carving identity within a larger movement and what the goals are for that committee. MELINA MATSOUKAS>> like you said, like we believe in intersectionality and there's certain things that affect us that don't affect everybody and we have to embrace our individualness, and so woke, stay woke is all about all about making sure all of the initiatives in time's up include people of color and don't just speak to women's rights but people of color who are the most marginalized group of people historically and we want to dismantle systematic racism within our industry and educate people on bias and prejudice and you know, when you talk about safety, like there's also racial safety. When you step onto a set and you're the only woman of color on set you're in an unsafe environment and it's unfair, and you know, we're really all joining together to dismantle that power structure, and i think it really starts with the power structure, who is in the room, who is making the decisions and we're trying to change that. AVA DUVERNAY>> yes, absolutely. One thing that i think is so powerful about time's up, and i really think, i mean i know that we would not have had the goodwill, the goodwill and the attention from the press and from the public that we've had, if it wasn't for our actress sisters truly. They are the face and they put their faces and their careers on the line, in a way that a lot of us who work behind the scenes, you know, we can kind of move in more stealthily, and so i just want to salute our actress sisters and one of our big leaders in that space is natalie. I just want to ask you, it's been a month. This is crazy, and the reason why this has been able to have such velocity is because of the high-profile nature, but i just want to let people know. These actresses are, they're warriors. Talk a little bit about that contingent. I want to make sure people know it's not just the face of a bunch of people working behind the scenes, like you are the real true leaders in architects of this. Just to talk a little bit how the artists and actors are fitting into the overall strategy and what those meetings are like. NATALIE PORTMAN>> well, it's, thank you. That's very kind, and it's been really incredible to gather actresses, because i think something that we realized was that we're usually the only woman at work, so like many other industries, we walk onto a nearly all male set, and we're usually alone and we rarely get to interact with each other. I've never had, i think rashida is my only close actress friend, until now. AVA DUVERNAY>> we think you all just happening out together just -- RASHIDA JONES>> now we do. NATALIE PORTMAN>> now we do, and so the power of just all being in a room together, and sharing our experiences, and realizing how much we've been endangered by being isolated, by being the only woman in the work environment, how that extends to other industries, too, where if you're the only woman in the room that endangers you, it isolates you, prevents you from sharing stories so if there are predators you don't talk to each other, so there's this kind of secondary thing about you know being the only woman at the table or whatever that is very isolating and endangering and how empowering it is to be in a room to be on the same team to say we refuse to be pitted against each other. There's not only one spot. We're going to make room for all of us. It is really, really powerful and it's been incredible and we have all these new friends. It's really great. I also have to im kind of distracted right now, because i see, is there some baltimore in the house? I love you. I'm freaking out, your movie. Did you guys see "step"? [ cheers and applause ] if you haven't seen it, you people are inspiring, and incredible, and i'm distracted, sorry. AVA DUVERNAY>> fantastic. >> natalie portman, that's right. I want to talk a little bit about, how are we doing on time? Yep, there it is, everyone's organized except me. >> not up yet. AVA DUVERNAY>> i wanted to talk a little bit about kind of these big events and how we are essentially just hijacking events, going around, Janelle at the grammys and everyone at the globes and we're constantly thinking about ways to take these large cultural moments and shift the conversation when everyone is there. I want to back up because the globes was such a, it was a culture phenomenon in the moment that it happened, that permeated way outside of the room, that signaled a coming together of two, i won't say campaigns but two different ideas about how to achieve equality. Me too and time's up. And who can talk a little bit about the beautiful kind of intertwining and integration of those two, not in a co-opting on one another but as a beautiful side by side harmonious proclamation of what the two mean. Can anyone give definition to what one is and what the other is and talk about that moment? JILL SOLOWAY>> i mean, i think about it as simply me too so times up. It's all of us, so no more. They just kind of connect. [ applause ] AVA DUVERNAY>> but they are two distinct groups. One of them founded me too, founded years before this current moment, by tuwana burke, that needs to be acknowledged, woman of color, alone, does this hashtag is putting a lot of velocity and attention and grassroots organizing around this that meets with our moment as hollywood industry people who saw an opportunity to galvanize and i have to admit, in early meetings they were like yeah, me, too, activists are coming and they're going to link up with actresses, i was like that's disastrous. I was like don't do that. Don't do that. It's not going to work, and it was harmony and it was beautiful and felt so good and it really signals what we want to be doing, which is holding hands. I'm a conspiracy theorist. I think everything is going to go wrong, it's like this is bad, but it was beautiful. RASHIDA JONES>> i think we feel that way too. We saw the worst case scenario and tried to work backwards from that. Because what was important is serve acknowledged from tuwana to all of the whistle-blowers. It was important to acknowledge the people who got us to a conversation how to move forward so this never happens again and it takes all those steps to get there. I feel like when you look in hindsight at anything that's happening it all looks linear. When it's happening it feels stop and start and kind of fragmented and all over the place but for us, like to acknowledge women who have been working in this space for so long is part of, is moving forward, because you look at the people who have been here for so long, and working on this stuff for so long. You want to say hey, what you have done has got us to this point. You need to come with us. We need to celebrate you, and in doing that, we can all work together to move forward. Because we all want the same things. That's the truth and i think it's been really painful for people who do speak up and who have carried the burden of this work for a really long time to do it on their own, so our job more than anything is to bolster that work. TINA TCHEN>> i have to say sort of having spent eight years in the other white house. NATALIE PORTMAN>> the good one. TINA TCHEN>> one of the things that i saw was, you were too fragmented as a women's movement. We've been fragmented for years and we work in our silos but women don't live their lives in silos. They're struggling with their health care and with their child care and struggling with sexual harassment at work, all of these things at once and what's great about time's up as rashida just said is bringing everything together. I've been working on united state of women and dyllan announced it two years ago here at makers, and we're going to keep that going, too, and do it again and bring it to los angeles so watch out for that news, about you this is all about bringing, you know everything together and i have to give a lot of credit to the women of hollywood who really brought this together, gave voice to it. When people said to me why did this take off, i say it's because people relate to natalie portman and they're sitting in their kitchen table and it's like, if it is happening to her and if i can give voice to what's happening to me, and then we can protect them, which is why we have the, that we're doing. MAHA DAKHIL>> i think the reason that it really worked so beautifully and wasn't the disaster that i knew you were afraid it was going to be is that it was so authentic and so heartfelt by our actresses and on their behalf, i can say i think people project it must be so amazing, such an elitist life but we've been sitting in these rooms and we're not meeting as actresses, agents, managers, producers, storytellers, we're meeting as women who are just using our resources to shine light on the inequality for women, for people of color, intersectionalists, as we say that as the forefront in dna of time's up, but i think why it works so beautifully is it was authentic and it wasn't a stunt and the desire was to profile the activist, not the actresses. NATALIE PORTMAN>> and monica, who started the alliance and -- AVA DUVERNAY>> that broke it open in an incredible way. NATALIE PORTMAN>> she said something that was really moving, which was like she's we are a a silenced and i'm paraphrasing, but silenced by the shadows as we are by the lime light. The farm workers are sold no one cares about you, you're in the shadows. Your voice doesn't matter. The women in the spotlight are told you're the elite, no one cares about you, stop whining, stay silent and the uniformity is just like shut up, no one cares, and all of our voices matter. Like our voices don't matter more, our voices don't matter less. We all have stories to tell and need to stop being silent about injustice. AVA DUVERNAY>> absolutely well put. Well put. [ applause ] AVA DUVERNAY>> so i wanted to talk a little bit about the olympics, and when we're talking about things to hijack, we'll talk about it -- no no, when think being the next kind of national conversation is going to be in a couple of weeks, i guess it's a week or something, everyone's going to be talking about that. When we have sisters who have come out and talked about the abuse that they've experienced at the hands of their own coaches, with the u.s. gymnastics team, and just wondering as we move the idea of time's up and elongate that in other industries and realms, how do you think time's up will, a, support that, and but also what can women in that industry do? This is an example of how the outreach can permeate different industries. If we use that as an example, how can time's up affect them and how can their plight affect what we're thinking about? Have we thought about the gymnasts? MAHA DAKHIL>> i think that, since we have started and launched, it has become a worldwide -- >> phenomena. MAHA DAKHIL>> reaction and phenomena in a way that we weren't expecting and we know we can't answer it for everybody but we're hoping that the work we're doing will amplify and encourage other people in industries to convene as well. Women in tech, women if advertising, women in new york are meeting tonight across industries, women in london are meeting, and we, the words time's up, which our sister katie mcgrath and rashida co-authored, in one of our very first meetings we spent so much time naming it, we knew it was important to find a name gender neutral, a response to the moment. You can't believe how many names, the spirit of time's up really began with the next generation, right there in the room, natalie brought her daughter amalia to the meeting and only her baby, only in true natalie portman elegance and strength, breast feeding on the one hand, planning the golden globe on the other. NATALIE PORTMAN>> i can't do it here. MAHA DAKHIL>> she almost didn't come because of child care issues and we were like, no, this is the room, and i think we're proof of concept. If you convene women in a room, and you brainstorm, look what happened in a matter of weeks. Every other industry can do this, and we want to be there to support, amplify it for everyone that we can. We have no staff, but for one person. We hope to grow the infrastructure here and to project and be hopefully the avengers you think that we are. [ applause ] TINA TCHEN>> well its about sustainable change, i think what attracted me in the first very first time i heard about it, was that this wasn't about just getting stuck in the moment. It was about how do we actually change our workplaces and what can we do to make sustainable lasting change, and that's i think for the olympics. Like what can they do to help change and protect those athletes, what can we do in all of these industries? People deserve to go to work and be safe and be able to make a living and support their families, and how do we change that so everybody can do that safely and succeed in their jobs and their careers. AVA DUVERNAY>> i think one of the things that i really love and value about time's up is what nina said, the immediate kind of institute, the immediate triggering of the defense fund was actionable. It wasn't just us talking about up here saying we should do something and things need to change. Like that was a way that it will change and so i asked the olympics question, because i put that to women out here, who are in all kinds of different industries, or different cities that might not be a major market. People were watching on the live stream to point out that some of the infrastructure and some of the ideas that we're working with in time's up are there to be duplicated, and we're also there to learn from teen listen from folks that are doing it way better and way longer than we are, right, so it's that exchange, but you know, we, like you said, can't touch everyone, but there's an example here that there's a lot of information on the website, there's a lot of information and different panels that everyone's doing, just to say this can be duplicated in smaller pods, in different categories, different industries, you don't have to have all the star power or the corporate muscle to meet together and just get in the room and start setting some communities and figuring out how to get things done. NINA SHAW>> everyone can do something. I think there isn't a day that goes by that i and i'm sure everyone here doesn't get a call that says what can i do to help time's up and i always say, in your place, let's think about what you can do. When someone says something offensive, find a way to connect to them, and say listen, if you pull them aside, if you genuinely believe, i think you're a good person, i think you’re good at heart. Let me tell you why what you just said probably made half the people in that room uncomfortable, and i want to be the person to tell you that. You can do that in your workplace among your friends, in your social circles. When men ask and men ask all the time, how can we help you? How about in those rooms where you are, and we are not, you be our defenders. When someone says something that you know that they would never say in a mixed group of people, you don't have to -- you can just pull them aside, listen, guy, you know, let's not go there. Because when we go there, we diminish all these women who we say we love, or these trans people who we say we support or these activists who we say we believe in their causes. So there's something that everyone in this room can do in some way, and in that way, we are all part of time's up. [ applause ]
AVA DUVERNAY>>so we have a couple minutes left. This is the speed round. Everybody okay? We've got real grass in here, dang, makers, really nice. Speed round, going around to every warrior woman here, and asking if there's one thing, log line you want people to know about time's up, you want people to take out of this session, what would it be, jill soloway? JILL SOLOWAY>> 50/50 by 2020, its an intiative by times up. we can be found at 5050by2020.com. We're demanding 50% of leadership, women of color, people in positions of power. AVA DUVERNAY>> nice, rashida jones? RASHIDA JONES>> i think that every industry deserves to be a reflection of the world the way it is now. 39% of this country are people of color, that number will change drastically over time, but every person whether it's woman, person of color, queer person, disabled person deserves to be equal, and the way for us to do it is to encourage in our own industries however we can to push this message forward however we can. We're all doing the same thing. AVA DUVERNAY>> amen. Nina shaw? NINA SHAW>> don't be on the outside looking in. Stand up, open that door, come through. I know it's -- listen, as a woman of color, i really understand that a lot of times you're like, those white women, just doing all -- don't do that. Don't, come on, seriously. We know that happens. Don't do that, because we don't want to be in the back when the train pulls out of the station. Okay? [ applause ] AVA DUVERNAY>> amen. Amen. Maha dakhil? MAHA DAKHIL>> i am so excited this is a complete cultural revolution we are in, we are so lucky to be alive because it is upon us as soldiers and sisters and with our brothers to change the world. It's happening now. It's happening overnight. Time's up is a small reflection of that. It applies to every single person out there, and as nina said, you can participate just by changing your own behavior, changing your own outlook. Look at the businesses you support, women at the center are people of color at the center, trans, ask those questions and there will be ripple effects for years to come. AVA DUVERNAY>> um-hum. Melina matsoukas? MELINA MATSOUKAS>> speak up, educate and fight with us to dismantle white male patriarchy. AVA DUVERNAY>> natalie portman? NATALIE PORTMAN>> get together with the other women or whatever group you idea with in your workplace to discuss what you can do to change and be radical, be extreme be who you are in your dreams. AVA DUVERNAY>> and tina tchen? TINA TCHEN>> don't be afraid. Part of what this, why this has gone on for so long is the fear that has been imposed upon us and the silencing that's been imposed upon us and break through that. Don't be afraid. That's why we're all together, we're all in this together. We are warriors together. That's why we have a legal defense fund for people who need it, for justifiable fear for what they're going through, and that's what we've got to break through. Don't be afraid. AVA DUVERNAY>> amen. #raiseyourvoice. Thank you very much for having us. Appreciate you. Have a great conference! Bye! Thanks [ cheers and applause ] \m\m SPEAKER>> ladies and gentlemen, jennifer bailey. \m\m JENNIFER BAILEY>> america was never america to me, yet this oath i swear america will be. Langston hughes. I first learned how to raise my voice at my grandma vera's house on the south side of chicago. Like so many women of her generation, women born in the great depression, she and her family followed the north star from hughes, arkansas, to chicago, in search of a better life. It was at her table with miss edith and miss yvonne and aunty belinda over pots of collard greens and black-eyed peas that i learned who my people were. You see, these were working class women, women who, for a living, lifted people as homemakers, women who most people rendered invisible, but at the table, over games of spades, there was truth telling, truth telling about what to do when that man touches you the wrong way at church, truth telling about men whose fist who often met jaws, truth telling and seeing one another, in a society that rendered them invisible. It was at that table that i learned as a little black girl that i had a voice, that i had a story that was worthy of not only being told, but heard, and it was that table i had in mind when i called my friend, lennon in the fall of 2016, two weeks after the election, wondering how we, as women, could build new tables for people to be seen and heard, not because of what they do, no, but because of who they are. That launched the people's supper, and an alliance of a motley crew of a faith organization, grief organization and radical anti-harassment organization, unexpected bedfellows to come together, to think about how we might create a table where all belong, so over the past year, we've been hosting conversations of healing spaces for those who aren't quite ready to bridge with difference yet, and bridging spaces, spaces i like to call the borderlands, spaces of border crossing, where we can get to see and know one another, and the fullness of who we are. We've hosted over a thousand of those dinners in the last year and 124 cities and towns across the united states. Tonight it's your turn to join the movement. It's your turn to get to know each other in a deep, heartfelt way. So what we're going to do, are you all excited? AUDIENCE>> yes! [ cheers and applause ] JENNIFER BAILEY>> for grandma vera and them, are you excited? [ cheers and applause ] so we invite you to join us for dinner next door! At the world famous hollywood palladium. You're going to exit this main entrance, and the makers staff will show you on your way. We have a special guest chef, nancy silverton, who is here. I heard she won the james beard award in 2014. I'm a top chef fan, so i know what that means. That means she's real, real good, y'all, and the invitations for you tonight is to strip off whatever it is you might have been carrying, and lean in to sharing your stories. Thank you so much. [ cheers and applause ]
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