Monday, January 1, 2018
The clock has run out on sexual assault, harassment and inequality in the workplace. It's time to do something about it.
Our Letter of Solidarity.
Read the original letter of solidarity sent by 700,000 female farmworkers to a legion of Hollywood actors.
1 in 3 women ages 18 to 34 have been sexually harassed at work. 71% of those women said they did not report it.
Sexual harassment is pervasive across industries, but especially in low-wage service jobs. For example, more than charges filed with the EEOC in the last decade came from industries with service-sector workers.
The campaign was highlighted in November, when an open letter was sent on behalf of who said they stood with Hollywood actresses in their fight against abuse. Time’s Up members said the letter bolstered their resolve to train their efforts on both Hollywood and beyond.
“It’s very hard for us to speak righteously about the rest of anything if we haven’t cleaned our own house,” said Shonda Rhimes, the executive producer of the television series “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away With Murder,” who has been closely involved with the group.
“If this group of women can’t fight for a model for other women who don’t have as much power and privilege, then who can?” Ms. Rhimes continued.
Other Time’s Up members include the actresses Ashley Judd, Eva Longoria, America Ferrera, Natalie Portman, Rashida Jones, Emma Stone, Kerry Washington and the showrunner Jill Soloway; Donna Langley, chairwoman of Universal Pictures; the lawyers and Tina Tchen, who served as Michelle Obama’s chief of staff; and Maria Eitel, an expert in corporate responsibility who is co-chairwoman of the Nike Foundation.
“People were moved so viscerally,” said Ms. Eitel, who helps moderate Time’s Up meetings, which began in October. “They didn’t come together because they wanted to whine, or complain, or tell a story or bemoan. They came together because they intended to act. There was almost a ferociousness to it, especially in the first meetings.”