Time's Up

Time's Up

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Time's Up is a leaderless social movement founded in response to the string of sexual harassment allegations on Hollywood, the Weinstein effect and #MeToo. The movement provides a set of intiatives to combat sexual harassment and support those fighting systematic inequality.


On November 10th, 2017, the Latina farmworkers Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, some 700,000 women, published a letter of solidarity in Time magazine. The letter detailed the similar struggles of the two industries in their fights against sexual discrimination, abuse and harassment. They write:

"Even though we work in very different environments, we share a common experience of being preyed upon by individuals who have the power to hire, fire, blacklist and otherwise threaten our economic, physical and emotional security. Like you, there are few positions available to us and reporting any kind of harm or injustice committed against us doesn’t seem like a viable option. Complaining about anything -- even sexual harassment -- seems unthinkable because too much is at risk, including the ability to feed our families and preserve our reputations.


On January 1st, 2018, Time's Up declared itself in the New York Times, taking out a full-page ad in the publication and publishing a letter of support with Alianza Nacional de Campesinas. Additionally, the letter indicated that they would be setting up a legal defense fun to support lower-income women seeking justice, advocating for legislation to punish organization that allow frequent sexual harassment allegations and move toward gender parity in studios and talent agencies.[2]

The activists involved in Time's Up includes actresses Reese Witherspoon, America Ferrera, Eva Longoria, Meryl Streep, director Ava DuVernay, producer Shonda Rhimes and more.

We write on behalf of over 300 women who work in film, television and theater. A little more than two months ago, courageous individuals revealed the dark truth of ongoing sexual harassment and assault by powerful people in the entertainment industry. At one of our most difficult and vulnerable moments, Alianza Nacional de Campesinas (the Nationa We also want all victims and survivors to be able to access justice and Farmworker Women's Alliance) sent us a powerful and compassionate message of solidarity for which we are deeply grateful. support for the wrongdoing they have endured. We particularly want to lift up the voices, power, and strength of women working in low-wage industries where the lack of financial stability makes them vulnerable to high rates of gender-based violence and exploitation. To the members of Alianza and farmworker women across the country, we see you, we thank you, and we acknowledge the heavy weight of our common experience of being preyed upon, harassed, and exploited Unfortunately, too many centers of power from legislatures to by those who abuse their power and threaten our physical and economic boardrooms to executive suites and management to academia lack security. We have similarly suppressed the violence and demeaning harassment for fear that we will be attacked and ruined in the process of speaking out. We share your feelings of anger and shame. We harbor evironment that is ripe for abuse and harassment against women fear that no one will believe us, that we will look weak or that we will be dismissed; and we are terrified that we will be fired or never hired again in retaliation. gender parity and women do not have equal decision-making authority. This systemic gender-inequality and imbalance of power fosters an Therefore, we call for a significant increase of women in positions of leadership and power across industries. In addition, we seek equal representation, opportunities, benefits and pay for all women workers, not to mention greater representation of women of color, immigrant women, Dear disabled women, and lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women, whose experiences in the workforce are often significantly worse than their white, cisgender, straight peers. The struggle for women to break in, to rise up the ranks and to simply be heard and acknowledged in male-dominated workplaces must end; times up on this impenetrable monopoly. JANUARY 1, 2018 We are grateful to the many individuals survivors and allies- who are speaking out and forcing the conversation about sexual harassment, sexual assault, and gender bias out of the shadows and into the spotlight. We fervently urge the media covering the We also recognize our privilege and the fact that we have access to enormous platforms to amplify our voices. Both of which have drawn and driven widespread attention to the existence of this problem in our industry that farmworker women and countless individuals employed in other industries have not been afforded. isters disclosures by people in Hollywood to spend equal time on the myriad experiences of individuals working in less glamorized and valorized trades. To every woman employed in agriculture who has had to fend off unwanted sexual advances from her boss, every housekeeper who has tried to escape an assaultive guest, every janitor trapped nightly in a building with a predatory supervisor, every waitress grabbed by a customer and expected to take it with a smile, every garment and factory worker forced to trade sexual acts for more shifts, every domestic back. As a first step towards helping women and men across the country worker or home health aide forcibly touched by a client, every immigrant seek justice, the signatories of this letter will be seeding a legal fund woman silenced by the threat of her undocumented status being reported to help survivors of sexual assault and harassment across all industries in retaliation for speaking up and to women in every industry who are subjected to indignities and offensive behavior that they are expected to o their experiences. tolerate in order to make a living: We stand with you. We support you. Harassment too often persists because perpetrators and employers never face any consequences. This is often because survivors, particularly those working in low-wage industries, don't have the resources to fight challenge those responsible for the harm against them and give voice We remain committed to holding our own workplaces accountable, pushing for swift and effective change to make the entertainment industry a safe and equitable place for everyone, and telling women's Now, unlike ever before, our access to the media and to important decision makers has the potential of leading to real accountability and consequences. We want all survivors of sexual harassment, everywhere, tories through our eyes and voices with the goal of shifting our society's to be heard, to be believed, and to know that accountability is possible. perception and treatment of women. In Solidarity

Golden Globes

In solidarity with the Time's Up movement, those attending the 2018 Golden Globes were encouraged to wear black and speak about issues involving sexual harassment in their speeches and on the red carpet.

Media Coverage

Several media outlets published articles about Time's Up, including Vox,[3] EW,[4] Vanity Fair[5] and more.

Weinstein Effect

The Weinstein Effect refers to a deluge of sexual harassment and assault allegations levied towards many Hollywood celebrities and political figures, triggered by Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment allegations.

Me Too

#MeToo is a hashtag campaign that circulated on Twitter and other social media platforms in which actress Alyssa Milano encouraged survivors of sexual assault and harassment to post "#MeToo" or "Me Too" to raise awareness and highlight its commonality.

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