by Lindsay Howard
“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.” Many were left inspired and ready to make a change after Oprah’s empowering acceptance speech for the Cecile B. Demille award this past Monday night at the Golden Globes. The awards show was more female-centered than ever this year, headed by the organization Times Up. Times Up was formed by more than 300 women in film, TV and theatre in an effort to end the inequalities and sexual harassment that women face all over the world. The women of Times Up know they have privilege and intend to use it in order to help women in all industries. Times Up is extending itself into every field where women are discriminated against (read: all of them). It provides Legal Defense Funds for women who have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace. Prominent members of the organization include Emma Stone and Natalie Portman, among others.
In 2017, after the sexual assault allegations against Hollywood powerhouse Harvey Weinstein were brought to light, the #MeToo movement was born, bringing along with it a new hunger for equality. Women around the world came together in solidarity regarding the sexual assault and discrimination they had faced by using the hashtag #MeToo on social media. The numbers rose and the chilling realization was made that many, many women have fallen victim to sexual assault. Following the success of the #MeToo movement, Times Up launched an initiative in which it called people to wear all black to recognize the issues at hand and take a stand to stop them. Celebrities on the Golden Globes red carpet sported their best black outfit, some even bringing social activists as their dates to the event. Tarana Burke, the founder of the #MeToo movement attended with Michelle Williams. Marai Larasi, an activist for women of color, went with Emma Watson. In a red carpet interview, Debra Messing called out E! news for paying their female hosts less than their male counterparts. Many of the acceptance speeches included a call to action. Natalie Portman recognized the sexism in the entertainment industry when announcing “And here are the all-male nominees” for best director. The Golden Globes was a night of inspiration and pride for many women. While #MeToo started out as the social media campaign, it has grown into a new surge in the Women’s Rights movement.
It is time for a change to be made. The silence has gone on too long. We can no longer sit aside and pretend what is happening is okay. It is time we start talking, and talking loudly. Fear can no longer control us. We will do something about it, for it has gone on far too long. Times Up.
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