Dear Sisters, We Fought Together

One year ago, 300 high-profile in film, theater and TV responded to #MeToo and "the Weinstein effect" by partnering with activists to launch Time's Up, a movement to fight systemic sexual harassment in workplaces across the country with the tagline, "No more silence. No more waiting. No more tolerance for discrimination, harassment or abuse. Time's Up." The actresses said they chose to lend their "public voices" and resources to a common struggle by all women - most notably, at the start, 700,000 female farm workers who declared their solidarity - to address gender imbalances of power across race, class, and work environment. For all, the goal was accountability, from perpetrators facing consequences to survivors being heard and believed.

In the last year, the sea change wrought by #MeToo has helped pass new laws addressing workplace harassment in at least 11 states. Time's Up has likewise sparked broad change: As of December, it had  raisedmore than $22 million - the most raised in GoFundMe history - for its legal defense fund; under its auspices, over 800 volunteer lawyers have helped over 3,900 people, many low-income workers in 30 different industries, fight for their civil rights in the workplace. On New Year's Day, organizers released a powerful video to celebrate their achievements and assert, says one leader, "that we can actually create change." Their rallying cry: "2018 was just the beginning."


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