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Women Join Together in the “Times Up” Movement to Fight Sexual Assault

Over the past year, sexual assault allegations, such as those related to the “Me Too” movement, seem to be a recurring story in the media, attempting to bring awareness to the victims of sexual assault. These movements have brought success in changing the dynamic for victims and stopping sexual assault, but critics believe that many victims are overlooked in these movements.

To answer these flaws, a group of famous women have begun the new movement, “Time’s Up.” The group is attempting to bring awareness to those who have experienced sexual assault or gender discrimination. For some lower class women, who lack access to social media or a strong platform, it is hard to be heard. In past movements, such as the “Me Too” movement,  these women were often overlooked, as women with more power and influence dominated the scene.

“Time’s Up” attempts to stop this dynamic as it works to fight sexual assault and harassment in the work industry and for society as a whole. Hollywood women have joined this movement, including many high-profile celebrities such as Shonda Rhimes, Jill Soloway, Kerry Washington, and Reese Witherspoon.

In order to make a space that could be accessible to lower class women, these Hollywood celebrities have created an open letter that was published in the New York Times and La Opinion, a Spanish-language newspaper. Those who signed the letter are able to work in solidarity with other women who have similar experiences, and claim that “the clock has run out on sexual assault, harassment, and inequality in the workplace,” inciting the want for change in many women.  

This movement is without a leader, and is instead divided into several different groups who work together to create a common platform. They continued to spread the word and many members hoped to inspire supporters to wear all black to the Golden Globes, such as Reese Witherspoon, Eva Longoria, Meryl Streep joined in to protest at the ceremony. Even women unable to attend participated on social media, including Jennifer Lopez, Gabrielle Union, and Anne Hathaway.

While the past has been filled with horror stories of sexual harassment and inequality for women, 2017 has been a year with many great strides. Recognition has been brought to countless movements, such as the “Me Too” movement, that hope to bring awareness to the issues and stop assault from occurring.

“I think that movements such as the Women’s March, the “Me Too” and “Times Up” movement have caused a great deal of awareness, especially on issues that have been tormenting women for so long. It is important that women are now being loud and clear and not letting these issues be erased by society or dismissed,” Duque said, a student at East who attended the Women’s March in January and is an advocate for equality.

Furthermore, women in Congress have called for more investigations against President Trump over his sexual assault allegations, and some senators and representatives are working to pass legislation that prevents harassment from occuring.

Additionally, Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, an organization composed of many female farm workers created a letter that conveyed their stories and brought attention to those who weren’t able to speak out due to a lack of status through previous movements. Inspired by this past year of battles against sexual assault, the “Time’s Up” movement plans to create an equal opportunity to women of any financial background or race to share their stories and stand up against sexual assault.

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