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Time’s Up

Madison Twomey, Staff Writer

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What is Time’s Up?

Time’s Up is a movement created on January 1, 2018 protesting sexual harassment in the workplace. It was founded in response to the #metoo movement and the sexual harassment cases in Hollywood that have recently been brought to light, as well as a letter written by the Alianza Nacional de Campesinas. The letter, linked here, was written on behalf of the 700,000 female farmworkers in the United States and describes their experiences of sexual assault and harassment. It was published in Time magazine and was directed towards the women involved with the Harvey Weinstein allegations in solidarity. Here is a link to their website with more information about the movement.

What is its goal?

Time’s Up has three main goals. The first is to achieve gender equality in the workplace. The gender pay gap is very real with, according to the Time’s Up website, white women earning about 81% of what their white male counterparts earn, African-American women earning about 65% of what white males earn, and Hispanic women earning about 59% of what white males earn. The second goal is advocating for legislation to punish companies that tolerate sexual harassment. This would prevent companies from creating non-disclosure agreements that prevent victims of sexual harassment from coming forward. One in 3 women ages 18 to 34 have been sexually harassed at work, and leaders of the #timesup movement feel it’s time to change that. The third goal is to create a legal fund that supports low-income sexual harassment victims seeking legal justice. Many sexual harassment victims cannot afford to prosecute and go through a legal process, so this fund will help pay for these victims’ court cases.

How are people showing their support?

At the 2018 Golden Globes, celebrities wore Time’s Up pins and wore all black to show their support. They also used social media with #timesup to spread awareness. Many people have also donated to the legal defense fund, linked here.  

Sources:

https://www.timesupnow.com/#facts-anchor

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/07/fashion/times-up-pins-golden-globes-2018.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time%27s_Up_(movement)

https://nwlc.org/times-up-legal-defense-fund/

http://time.com/5018813/farmworkers-solidarity-hollywood-sexual-assault/

https://twitter.com/timesupnw

https://us.hellomagazine.com/film/gallery/2018010845246/golden-globes-2018-best-quotes-/1/

https://www.buzzexpress.co.uk/times-up-pin-celebrities-show-support-for-movements-at-golden-globes-2018-with-times-up-and-5050-era-pins-heres-where-you-can-buy-your-own/

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