On the heels of the phenomenon that was the Golden Globe Awards on the Time’s Up movement, comes a time to talk about change. For those of you have been living under a rock lately, Time’s Up is a movement against sexual abuse/assault following the Weinstein effect and #MeToo. The New York Times announced Time’s Up on the first day of the New Year as a way to support women who have less access to media platforms and funds to speak up about harassment. At its founding came legal defense funds for lower-income women seeking justice for sexual assault/harassment, advocation for legislation against companies that tolerate persistent harassment, a movement toward gender equality, and call for all women walking the red carpet of the Golden Globes to wear black and speak out against sexual assault/ harassment. And so they did.
There’s not prerequisite for worthiness. You are born being worthy. And I think that’s a message that a lot of women need to hear. – Viola Davis
Watching the Golden Globes was incredibly refreshing and inspiring! To see women being heard and asked not who are they wearing but why they are wearing what they are wearing. Having this opportunity on such a widely watched platform to raise awareness for an important cause and concentrate on a much-needed change. For the first time ever activism and glamour mingled all night long. A surge of black ensembles flooded the red carpet in solidarity with the brave victims who’ve come forth with allegations of sexual misconduct. To make their statement even more powerful, many actresses brought an activist as their date – including Meryl Steep who arrived arm-in-arm with Ai-Jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Michelle Williams who brought founder of the #MeToo, Tarana Burke – to name a few. This brought a refreshing change to the red carpet interviews, with the actresses discussing their dates’ world-changing work as well as issues of gender inequality in the workplace instead of shouting out their dress and jewelry designers.
It’s a power issue and so saying time’s up to ending the abuse of power but also recognizing the women who came forward. They kicked the door open for this conversation to happen.” – Eva Longoria
Many of the winners of the night used their platform to speak out in support of Time’s Up. Laura Dern, Elisabeth Moss, Frances McDormand and Nicole Kidman were just a few of the women to carve out space in their acceptance speeches to make a statement and show solidarity. But Oprah won the night with her incredibly inspiring acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award. She delivered a heart-wrenching, honest, eloquent and radical battle cry that declared “Your time is up” to all those who abuse their power and gave a promise to young women out there of a new day.
For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up! I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon – Oprah
It is indeed time for a change, and Time Is Up! Here is where we draw the line and say this is what we will not tolerate anymore. Together we can center the voices of the most marginalized among us. Together we can acknowledge that Time’s Up and its been time for a monumental sweeping change. United across industries and communities, we believe all women and people deserve to live with safety and dignity, Time’s Up on silence, on imbalance of power, on inaction. There is still more work to be done but, let’s celebrate the rollout of this incredible initiative. Time’s Up took over and what an empowering night!
We get to be here to celebrate each other and support each other and stand in joy and solidarity and say we are looking out for anyone who feels marginalized in the work place whether you’re a woman or man- Kerry Washington