Today, and every day from here on out, time is simply up. Time is up for anyone getting away sexual assault and abuse.
The #TimesUp movement derived from actresses, entertainers, models, activists and more women that are well known across the United States in the entertainment industry. After hearing about women coming out to say they have been assaulted too the movement snowballed into the #TimesUp brand that motivates a world for zero tolerance for sexual assault.
Oprah Winfrey, a woman inspired by and apart of the #TimesUp gave her Golden Globes speech after accepting the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement in front of everyone important in the entertainment industry. At the Golden Globes, the group of women apart of the movement dressed in all black in solidarity. The audience at the awards ceremony had no choice but to listen to her discuss race, gender, and equality. The dialogue acts as a gateway for conversation that 2018 will host. Winfrey’s speech mainly concerns gender and racial equality. Beautifully written, the speech does not punish one group of people over another, but simply brings forth the notion that such racial and gender conflicts should no longer exist and this is the year to no longer tolerate it. Oprah Winfrey brought the conversation to the general public in hopes that her voice would generate the new movement. You can find her speech here.
At the Golden Globes, where Winfrey gave her speech, all women in solidarity with anyone assaulted and who wanted to showcase their respect for these women, wore black. The statement was legendary and demonstrated that these people are heard and seen.
The Golden Globes demonstration sparked the notion that this movement of no tolerance for sexual assault in the workplace is real and is not a force to be wrecked with. The women of today are the future of tomorrow and if you don’t believe it, your mind is in a time that was 2017. This is the year 2018. 98 years ago, women were granted the right to vote. The fight for equality will never stop, no matter how long it takes. Demonstrations like the Golden Globes one, the #TimesUp movement, and the women’s marches realize how serious women, men, and children are about the fight.
The #TimesUp movement focuses on mistreatment in the workplace, yet I would like to expand these ideals worldwide and in any setting imaginable. It is my firm belief that no one should endure mistreatment or sexual assault due to their outward appearance. It is as simple as that. It is as simple as: Time. Is. Up.