The Times Up Movement

With the beginning of 2018 comes a movement that is tired of waiting. Fighting against sexual assault, harassment and inequality in the workplace, women around the nation fight to have their voices heard through the Times Up movement.

The movement started when 700,000 female farmworkers, part of the Alianza Nacional de Campesinas (the National Farmworker Women’s Alliance), sent a letter to hollywood actors. The letter contains support for the individuals who have spoken out against the gender biases they have faced in the entertainment business. Not only is there support in the letter, but it also sheds light on the many women who experience that same type of harassment and bias who are under the radar and feel as if their voices will never be heard.

The movement ultimately came from the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the hashtag ‘me too’ that led many actors and actresses to come forward with their own experiences of sexual harassment and assault. The women and men in this movement want to shed light on all of the inequalities in the workplace and help others to open up about their experiences and to call out and shame those who abuse their power or cover up instances of harassment or assault.

Although many women are now involved, the movement gaining a lot of attention right before the Oscars that were on Sunday night, some of the main leading women are Eva Longoria, Reese Witherspoon, Tina Tchen, Shonda Rhimes, Ashley Judd, Natalie Portman, and America Ferrera. Hollywood women and men, while attending the Oscars, decided to show solidarity through wearing black, laminating a united front that represents the stand against discrimination and harassment.

Upon founding the movement, a few initiatives were made. The National Women’s Law Center did a $13 million legal defense fund to help low income women who want justice for sexual assault and harassment. They are pushing against companies who tolerate and don’t punish those who commit sexual abuse. Finally, they are fighting for women to have an equal chance in studio and talent agencies.

This movement proves that women with big platforms and a large reach can help support the women who are in the shadows, who are just as important to society as those who are put on a pedestal. The women in Hollywood and the women working every day jobs want this movement to be a continuing discussion.

It use to be that silence and obeying were the conditions for employment for women that suffered from sexual harassment and assault. Now, with many powerful men losing their jobs and their livelihood because of women breaking their silence, women around the nation feel as if they can have the voice and the power to demand equality and respect.