This past year was full of fear, trauma, bravery, resistance, and education. 2017 was the year of the woman, beginning in mid-January with the worldwide women’s march and concluding with the #MeToo movement that has carried us into 2018. For the sake of time and space, I won’t list everything in-between, but needless to say there was a lot happening for women everywhere.
Late last year, the #MeToo movement cracked wide open the worst kept secret in the universe: sexual harassment in the workplace is a common practice, and sexual abuse in general is a much bigger problem than many people thought it was. The movement started with the October New York Times piece that highlighted firsthand accounts of victims of sexual harassment and assault at the hands of now-disgraced Hollywood ‘legend’ Harvey Weinstein. The response to the piece was incredible and inspired women and men around the world to share their stories of sexual harassment and assault. The overwhelming number of accounts of harassment and assault have roused many to action, and that includes many women of Hollywood.
On January 1, 2018, the Time’s Up campaign was launched online and on social media. The Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts of 300 entertainment professionals were overtaken by the campaign and images of its promise. Time’s Up is a self-proclaimed “unified call for changes from women in entertainment for women everywhere.” The group of women behind the project include actresses, writers, producers, agents, and more. Some of the famous names behind Time’s Up include Shonda Rhimes, Eva Longoria, Reese Witherspoon, Olivia Wilde, Halle Berry, Anne Hathaway, Gina Rodriguez, Kerry Washington, America Ferrera, Emma Stone, and more.
The campaign aims to support women in every workplace, arm them with tools to confront workplace harassment, and fix the imbalance of power in the workplace. The Time’s Up website features the letter of solidarity, dated January 1, 2018, a link to a GoFundMe page where supporters can join the cause, and a list of organizations that can help victims of workplace harassment. It also has a Know Your Rights section for victims of workplace sexual harassment and assault with resources created by legal and legislative experts.
Don’t forget to watch for the women wearing black in solidarity with #TIMESUP and victims everywhere at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards.
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