Last night at the Golden globes was another pivotal point in the movement against sexual harassment, and sexual violence and assault.
Since the Harvey Winstein scandal broke out last year, many have come forward about their experience with a simple hashtag: #metoo. Since then an organization has sprouted out called #Timesup.
The website, http://www.timesupnow.com, says this it what it is all about, “TIME’S UP is a unified call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere. From movie sets to farm fields to boardrooms alike, we envision nationwide leadership that reflects the world in which we live. Powered by women, TIME’S UP addresses the systemic inequality and injustice in the workplace that have kept underrepresented groups from reaching their full potential. We partner with leading advocates for equality and safety to improve laws, employment agreements, and corporate policies; help change the face of corporate boardrooms and the C-suite; and enable more women and men to access our legal system to hold wrongdoers accountable.”
Last night at the Golden Globes, it was filled with individuals standing up in solidarity with the #timesupmovement. From everyone wearing black, and inviting viewers to share #whyiwearblack in support of the movement, to Natalie Portman’s one liner, “here are all-male nominees for best director,” from countless celebrities vocalizing the importance of the change and lastly Oprah Winfrey’s speech.
Entertainment weekly, http://www.ew.com, sums up her powerful speech to this, “
Winfrey began by recalling her experience watching Sidney Poitier win a Globe in 1964, the first ever received by a person of color. She moved on to defend the free press, fiercely call out sexual harassers all across the globe — telling them “their time has come” — and tell the story of Recy Taylor, who was raped by a group of white men in Alabama in 1944 and died 10 days ago.
Winfrey closed her magnificent speech with a promise for “the girls watching,” telling them, “a new day is on the horizon. And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure they are the leaders to take us to the time where nobody has to say ‘me too’ again.”
I can’t begin to contain my excitement with all of this positive change. I am as giddy as my 10 year old self watching the Spice Girls music video for the first time, that my children are can have a chance to grow up in the world where they have a voice and their voice will be heard.
I have a have had so many conversations revolving how we had women in business have just put up with harassment for so long that it has become something that we are accustomed too and sometimes we have to put up with in order to keep our jobs. So to live in a world where all voices are heard is truly amazing.
However, it is still scary at the same time for me and I am sure others as well. Because this is a huge shift. As some that is still healing and will always be healing, there is a small piece of me that is scared. Not because my voice won’t be heard but for all attention sexual harassment and violence has gotten. For me sometimes seeing it so much can be a trigger for me. And has I said in last weeks blog post, I need to remember to take time for self-care. And know i can talk about sexual violence and domestic violence and harassment until my face turns blue but I need to know limits, know where that tipping point is so I don’t turn down the lane that brings up my anxiety and pain.
To that I commend all those that have been coming forward and to everyone and everyone please continue to practice self care.
See Oprah’s speech below.