Time's Up for Gender Inequality
Oprah Winfrey poses backstage with her Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes. PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/LUCY NICHOLSON TPX via Telegraph UK
Last night, the attendees of the Golden Globes award ceremony used their power and privilege to shed light on the #MeToo movement. First, both women and men dressed in all black for solidarity, shifting the focus of the red carpet from “Who wore it better?” to a dialogue about female empowerment.
In a historic moment, Oprah Winfrey was the first African-American woman to win the ceremony’s lifetime achievement award. She gave an inspiring speech that received many standing ovations, touching on topics of civil rights and gender equality.
“For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up." ~ Oprah Winfrey at the Golden Globes via CBS News
Oprah's entire speech is worth a watch as it encourages each and every one of us to stand up to injustice.
— CBS This Morning ❄️ (@CBSThisMorning) January 8, 2018
Recently, an initiative called “Time’s Up” was started by 300 actresses, female agents, writers, directors, producers and entertainment executives. They aim to fight systemic sexual harassment in Hollywood and also in blue-collar workplaces nationwide. Having received nearly $13 million in donations so far, they are establishing a legal defense fund to help less privileged women (i.e. janitors, nurses and workers at farms, factories, restaurants and hotels) protect themselves from sexual misconduct and the fallout from reporting it.
“The struggle for women to break in, to rise up the ranks and to simply be heard and acknowledged in male-dominated workplaces must end; time’s up on this impenetrable monopoly.” ~ Times Up via NY Times