By Anna Martino, Copy Editor —
On Jan. 1, 2018, more than 300 famous women took to social media platforms to announce their participation in the “Time’s Up” movement to fight against systematic inequality and injustices (such as sexual assaults and harassment) in the workforce.
This movement follows the “Me Too” movement initiated earlier in the year after victims of sexual misconduct made public allegations against Harvey Weinstein, and Hollywood women utilized the platform of social media to raise awareness.
The “Time’s Up” movement was initiated to raise further awareness about the sexual assaults and harassment present in the workplace, initiated after 700,000 female farm workers wrote a letter of solidarity sharing their personal experiences with sexual misconduct to the Hollywood women involved in exposing the sexual abuse allegations against Weinstein.
“Time’s Up” is spearheaded by powerful female actresses, writers, producers, directors, and executives to fight the gender imbalance of those holding power in the workforce, and provides resources (including legal aid) to those who are experiencing or have experienced sexual abuse or misconduct from a person in power in their workplace.
According to timesupnow.com, the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund will “subsidize legal support for individuals who have experienced sexual harassment or related retaliation in the workplace. The Fund is housed at and administered by the National Women’s Law Center, an established, national women’s rights legal organization.”
With the media exposure of American women and celebrities, the legal defense fund has already raised approximately 15 million dollars to aid the network or lawyers and public relations professionals in defending working women affected by sexual misconduct.
According to the “Time’s Up” website, the mission is to “provide more access to prompt and comprehensive legal and communications help will mean empowerment for these individuals and long-term growth for our culture and communities as a whole.”