Surely, you’ve seen the sentiment expressed – and even perhaps expressed it yourself – on Facebook, twitter, Instagram, even in person, for the past two weeks or so: 2017 was, in many ways, kind of a bad year. We won’t review the litany of awfulness here (Suzette’s crisis catalogue pretty well covers it). But it was a doozy, particularly for women. While the #metoo movement has been undoubtedly empowering and inspiring, it has also been disheartening to read about the avalanche of harassment and assault allegations pouring in, day after day. But on January 1, 2018 – a new morn, a new year – there was a story on the front page of the New York Times that offered a bit of hope: “Powerful Hollywood Women Unveil Anti-Harassment Action Plan.”
The movement, spearheaded by the likes of Oprah, Shonda Rhimes, Reese Witherspoon, Eva Longoria and many others (famous and non-famous, totaling 300 female professionals in the industry) is called Time’s Up. It’s an initiative whose goal is to support women throughout the country – from Hollywood actresses to janitors to nurses – in the fight against sexual harassment, assault and misconduct in the workplace. Not only is it legit, but it’s well funded and well thought out. Read about its many interesting facets in the Times article. It’s enough to make a person just a little bit optimistic for 2018, after all.
Check out the full article in the New York Times, and see the Time’s Up website for more info.