Time's Up

By Lydia Prendergast

The 75th Golden Globes Awards took place on January 7th, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. If you took time to watch the ceremony this past Sunday, you would have noticed the apparent amount of black worn on the red carpet. Although a common color to wear to events like this, it was not just a coincidence. The Time’s Up movement, founded by a group of women in response to the #MeToo movement, came greatly into play at the Golden Globes, and the conversation had begun before the cameras turned on. #MeToo, which was first founded in 2010 by Tarana Burke, has blown up since then in 2017 and 2018, with thousands of women coming forward with sexual assault and rape stories of their own. Stories on Twitter were hashtagged with the phrase #MeToo to let other women know that they aren’t alone in their struggle.

 

Although in existence for many years now, this movement has become increasingly visible in today’s society, with more women telling their stories everyday. In light of this, the Time’s Up movement was started to further increase awareness. That night, the red carpet was filled with black clothing. Men and women alike took part in this act, wearing pins and giving inspiring and enlightening speeches. The website, https://www.timesupnow.com , quotes “The clock has run out on sexual assault, harassment, and inequality in the workplace. It’s time to do something about it.”

 

Starting now, women and men are standing up for themselves and shedding light on the extreme level of sexual assault that takes place. But, this is not new. This has been going on forever, and although there is still so much work to do, it is amazing to see, in such a public event such as the Golden Globes, that well-known celebrities are doing what they can to raise awareness. The Time’s Up movement of wearing black on the red carpet, although however subtle, has brought this subject to the table. Hopefully it will stay there.