2017 was a hard year for many, especially for women in the entertainment industry. It all started when Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual misconduct, and the hashtag “Me Too” went viral. Women from all over began to share how they had been sexually abused. The movement also caused more women from the entertainment industry to speak up about times they had been harassed, and more and more men started to fall into the danger zone.
But #MeToo was only the start. In November of 2017, the Alianza Nacional de Campesinas (the National Farmworker Women’s Alliance) wrote a letter to expose the sexual abuse occurring in Hollywood among females. This letter was later published in Time Magazine. Then, the Time’s Up movement started on January 1, 2018 when The New York Times published their support. Since then, the Time’s Up movement has gained heavy traction through social media.
Time’s Up is a call for change for men, women, and minorities. It addresses the inequalities and injustices in the workplace, and attempts to change laws and employment agreements to foster equal pay, as well as give access to leadership positions. It also attempts to give men and women more access to the legal system in order to hold wrongdoers accountable for their actions.
The 2018 Golden Globes called attention to this movement. The day of the awards show, celebrities posted pictures on Instagram stating “Why I Wear Black.” That night, nearly everyone at the ceremony, and even some celebrities who were sick at home, wore black in recognition of the movement. During the awards, Oprah delivered a powerful speech that called attention to the need for change, saying, “for too long women have not been heard…so I want all girls watching, here and now, to know that a new day is on the horizon! And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women… and some pretty phenomenal men fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say ‘Me Too’ again!”
The movement didn’t just stop at the Golden Globes, however. Many celebrities have donated, and more than $16.7 million have been raised for the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund. The movement was also recognized at the Grammy’s by music stars wearing white roses to represent hope, peace, and resistance. As Janelle Monae said, “we say Time’s Up for pay inequality, Time’s Up for discrimination, Time’s Up for harassment of any kind, and Time’s Up for the abuse of power.” This continued attention to the movement gives hope that one day, inequality won’t be a worry in the workplace.
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