By: Lucas Smith
It has been said that “2018 will be the year of women.” It is unknown who first coined the saying, but it has been used in the media as a way to bring women together, and to bring awareness to the now well-known “Time’s Up” movement.
The Time’s Up organization is “a unified call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere,” according to their website.
Their goal is to promote equality and to allow for men and women to access the legal system to hold wrongdoers accountable for their actions. The Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, which is administered by the National Women’s Law Center, connects those who experience sexual misconduct in the workplace with legal and public relations assistance.
Within 2017, especially the ending months of 2017, many men were accused of sexual harassment within the workplace- many of which came from the entertainment industry. These men include: news anchor Matt Lauer, film producer Harvey Weinstein, and politicians Al Franken and Donald Trump. President Trump was accused throughout campaigning for office and has continued to be accused throughout his presidency.
Because so many men were accused at the end of 2017, #MeToo surfaced at the beginning of the new year as a way to bring awareness to the retaliation women are facing within the workplace. At the 2018 Golden Globes, male and female celebrities wore black in solidarity for the mission of the Time’s Up organization.
According to a 2015 Cosmopolitan survey, “1 and 3 women ages 18 to 34 have been sexually harassed at work. 71% of those women said they did not report it.”
Women usually don’t report sexual harassment in the workplace because they feel as if it is something they have to endure until they can move on to another job, where they may need the exact perpetrators’ reference. Also, the perpetrator is often of higher power and is successful. A woman at a beginner level occupation may feel vulnerable to the consequences of reporting the person who is doing the harassment.
In order to assist women in these kinds of situations, women in Hollywood created the “Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund” that will minimize the cost of legal support for those who have experienced sexual harassment. They saw the support against sexual harassment from women across all workplaces, so they created the Fund for those who have experienced this in all industries, especially low-income women and women of color.
The Time’s Up movement has diminished the line between famous and non-famous people. It is allowing them to have something in common. Female celebrities have joined their not-so-famous cohorts in national women’s marches, where many people are advocating and showing their support for the Time’s Up movement. Some of these celebrities include: actresses Sophia Bush, Meryl Streep, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lawrence, and the Fifth Harmony singer Lauren Jauregui.
There are many ways you can help diminish sexual harassment within the workplace. The first of which, is to not be a part of the problem. You can find more ways why on the Time’s Up website, where you can also donate to the Legal Defense Fund to help those in need of assistance. Visit www.timesupnow.com for more information.