Hollywood spreads message: ‘Time’s Up’


Joe Scarnici

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 07: ( L-R) Actor Meryl Streep, activist Ai-jen Poo, actor Natalie Portman, activist Rosa Clemente, actors Michelle Williams, America Ferrera, Jessica Chastain, Amy Poehler and activist Saru Jayaraman attend the 2018 InStyle and Warner Bros. 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards Post-Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for InStyle)

Lily Tran , Feature Editor

For anyone daring to stand behind sexist ideals, inequality, and injustice, time is up. The world is finally openly and actively standing against the imbalance of power. Women in Hollywood are spearheading activist movements and are taking the reins of power.

It’s never been a secret that men dominate the entertainment industry: men get paid more, men get more jobs and men have the power.

“Women made up 18% of all the directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors and cinematographers who worked on the top 250 U.S. films released last year,” a 2017 study done by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film said.

The study titled “The Celluloid Ceiling: Behind-the-Scenes Employment of Women,” has been conducted over the last 20 years, and its statistics have barely changed. Women are done being quiet about the outrageous inequality.

The “Time’s Up” movement springs from a multitude of sexual harassment allegations with a message to combat sexual misconduct and gender disparity in the workforce. This leaderless movement is being represented by over 300 women in the entertainment industry and using platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and other social media to spread its message.

The initiative for “Time’s Up” is to establish a legal defense fund that has already raised over $19 million, pass legislation to eliminate the tolerance of sexual harassment and discourage non-disclosure agreements and reach gender parity in all industries, starting with entertainment.

“Time’s Up” made its first big impact at the 2018 Golden Globes. On social media, celebrities and activists posted a letter of solidarity to stand together and fight for women who have been exploited and abused in the workforce. These celebrities also prompted guests of the Golden Globes to wear black as a sign of support. Almost all of the guests showed up in black, even the men.

Stars Laura Dern, Amy Poehler, Susan Sarandon, Emma Stone, Meryl Streep, Emma Watson, Michelle Williams and Shailene Woodley even brought activists Monica Ramirez, Saru Jayaraman, Rosa Clemente, Billie Jean King, Ai-Jen Poo, Marai Larasi, Tarana Burke and Calina Lawrence as dates to the award ceremony respectively.

Williams spoke out on only being paid $1,000 for reshoots for the movie “All the Money in the World” compared to her co-star Mark Wahlberg’s $1.5 million compensation. That is an outrageous 1,500 times what Williams earned.

Other movements and organizations have gained even more power through the sudden popularity of the “Time’s Up” movement. The “Women in Film” agency started a network to provide support and legal service to victims of sexual abuse.

The women in Hollywood are actively speaking up for the fight for equality. With the reins of power finally in women’s hands, change might be on the horizon.