By now you’ve probably heard the phrase “Time’s Up” around social media, and if you watched the 75th Annual Golden Globes, you definitely heard the phrase a time or two along with the hashtag #WhyWeWearBlack. But what does it actually mean? And what is the movement actually all about? Here’s everything you need to know about the “Time’s Up” movement.
According to the “Time’s Up” website, the movement is a “call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere.” The movement was spearheaded by celebrities like Reese Witherspoon, Eva Longoria and Natalie Portman to address “inequality and injustice in the workplace that have kept underrepresented groups from reaching their full potential,” and it all came to be after the allegations against Harvey Weinstein were surfaced.
The movement is first about helping women become aware of their rights, and helping them know how and when to report wrong-doings. They then support women who speak up and out against injustices and misconduct in the workplace, and not just in the entertainment industry: “From movie sets to farm fields to boardrooms alike, we envision nationwide leadership that reflects the world in which we live,” the website states.
A primary reason many women say that they won’t speak up about sexual harassment or injustice in the workplace is out of fear– often times, the men in question have a position of power and authority. Because of this, the “Times Up Legal Defense Fund” helps provide legal support for people who’ve experienced sexual harassment or injustice in the workplace should they need it. “A network of lawyers and public relations professionals across the country will work with the Center’s Legal Network for Gender Equity to provide assistance to those who have experienced harassment or retaliation,” it says.
The fund has currently raised over $16 million thanks to donations through GoFundMe.
The majority of celebrities who attended the Golden Globes this year wore all black in support of the movement. Some even wore “Time’s Up” pins– and our favorite, fierce female celebrities were loud and proud about it.
Even Oprah’s show-stopping speech addressed the movement, saying that a “new day is on the horizon.”
And actress Natalie Portman actually joined Instagram for the first time in order to spread the message.
One thing’s for certain: The movement isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. You can learn more about the “Time’s Up” movement on their website.