From #MeToo to #TimesUp

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Now there is a resource to help women and men defend themselves against retaliation for making claims of sexual assault or harassment.

From #MeToo to #TimesUp By Judy Heft

If anything, the #MeeToo moment has convinced me of the awesome potential and power of the young women of today. One of my clients was saying that this moment wasn’t just the result of the media attention, but also a real feeling among women that they needn’t be desperate anymore. I think that #MeToo spurred a lot of people to really be more aware of what’s going on in their lives, things that they had previously accepted. Women are stronger. Women are more independent. We have our own lives, and we’re not as beholden to a man or a partner as we used to be.

Unfortunately, coming forward about assault or abuse or harassment is not exactly a piece of cake. Whistleblowers are subject to extreme scrutiny, in some cases trailed by private investigators hired by their employers. The prospect of going up against a blue-chip company’s legal department has, over decades, served as an ample deterrent to countless women. In other words, women don’t stay silent because of a lack of moxy, but because of a lack of money.

Well, #TimesUp on that game. The Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund describes its mission as:

…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.

I think society really suffers when it marginalizes women. We bring a different set of skills to the table, skills which make us better leaders in various situations. We were always willing and able to do the work, even to do it at less-than-equal pay. But those days are gone. Time’s up!

From #MeToo to #TimesUp By Judy Heft


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