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#TimesUp On Sexual Harassment: Hollywood Actresses Stand For Blue Collar Women

2017 was a pivotal year for women in the entertainment industry.

Taylor Swift won a $1 trial against David Mueller—a DJ who groped her during a pre-concert meet-and-greet; celebrities like Ashley Judd, Angelina Jolie, and Gwyneth Paltrow broke the silence about how producer Harvey Weinstein abused his power; #MeToo prompted an outpouring on Twitter, with stars like Lady Gaga, Reese Witherspoon, and Jennifer Lawrence joining in. “The more we talk about it, the less power we give them,” wrote Cara Delevingne, encouraging her 41 million Instagram followers to speak up in the face of harassment.

#MeToo was a cry for social change—and a successful one at that—but as we welcome the new year, the battle against patriarchy continues, demanding a solution more concrete than simple hashtags. 

It must look beyond gender; it should transcend race and social class. It needs to fight for women of lower economic status, women without the means to shoulder the enormous cost of legal assistance, women less empowered to combat abuse.

And so, on January 1, 2018, #TimesUp was born.

More than 300 women in Hollywood, ranging from actresses to writers, directors to executives, teamed up to counter the systemic inequality that keeps underrepresented women like farmers, janitors, waitresses, and factory workers from reaching their full potential. #TimesUp is an effort to fight the injustice that happens across all industries and inside blue-collar workplaces. 

“Harassment too often persists because perpetrators and employers never face any consequences. This is often because survivors, particularly those working in low-wage industries, don’t have resources to fight back,” women asserted in the solidarity letter published on timesupnow.com. “As a first step towards helping women and men across the country seek justice, the signatories of this letter will be seeding a legal fund to help survivors of sexual assault and harassment across all industries challenge those responsible for the harm against them.”

Some of the Hollywood celebrities who participated in this movement were the ff: 

1. Reese Witherspoon

 

2. Blake Lively

 

3. Cara Delevingne

 

4. Selena Gomez

 

5. Shonda Rhimes

 

6. Natalie Portman

 

7. Kerry Washington

 

 

As of writing, #TimesUp has already raised over $15 million to give harassment survivors access to legal assistance. And to show solidarity with this movement, many Hollywood celebrities attending this year’s Golden Globe Awards will show up at the red carpet in black. 

To see industry leaders who recognize the power of privilege and utilize it to speak up for the silenced: this is a breath of fresh air for the marginalized women of America. To see women unite across class lines on this issue—fighting to change laws, employment contracts, corporate policies, and non-disclosure agreements—and give voice to the powerless: this fills women across the globe with hope. 

Is a world free of social injustice and gender violence possible? It is. It’s time to finish what we’ve started. 

#TimesUp on silence. #TimesUp on marginalization. #TimesUp on oppression. Now. 

 

Donate to Times Up here.

Catch the 75th Golden Globe Awards on Monday, January 8th, 9AM Philippine Time.

 

Photos from @selenagomez, @caradelevingne, and @reesewitherspoon on Instagram