The Time’s Up Movement

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As the Golden Globes award show came and went, actors from all over Hollywood and the world were not only celebrating the best of their craft– they were also tackling a much more pressing and momentous issue. The “Time’s Up” movement was the hidden focus of the night, with many actors wearing black outfits to make a statement against sexual assault, abuse, and harassment in the workplace. Ever since actors like Ashley Judd, Terry Crews, Mira Sorvino, Reese Witherspoon, and Cara Delevingne accused Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and other major media moguls of sexual assault in a New York Times expose, a myriad of men and women have come forth to share their stories, spurring the movement.

According to the Huffington Post, 1 in 3 women experience sexual harassment, abuse, or assault in the workplace. Much like the “Me Too” hashtag– inspiring women of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds to share their stories of harassment– #Time’sUp has gone viral as a show of support for victims of sexual harassment and assault in the workplace; the ultimate goal of this movement is to show predators that their time is up and they will be held accountable for their actions.

Time’s Up has encouraged dozens of women to courageously step forward and accuse their harassers. The Daily Beast states that as of December 17th, 96 media industry men (and one woman), many of whom have lost their jobs, have been accused of sexual assault or sexual harassment. The coming year will be an interesting time of reconstruction in Hollywood and workforces around the United States and the world, and the effects of these movements will hopefully be more prevalent in everyday life.

Movements like #MeToo and Time’s Up have helped to give a voice to the powerless in the entertainment and media industries and have shifted the conversation to the future. However, it remains to be seen whether or not they will have a positive (if any) impact on corporate and industrial working cultures across the world, where millions of women still labor under conditions of harassment and oppression without #MeToo to give a name and face to their harassers. Time’s Up will hopefully bring about positive, long term change in every work environment, but only time can tell. 

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