The time is up for women to stay quiet about sexual misconduct.
On Oct. 5, 2017, The New York Times published an article reporting 30 years of sexual allegations against Academy Award Winning Film Producer Harvey Weinstein, revealing to the public a much darker side of Hollywood.
Shortly following the release of this information, Weinstein was fired from his namesake company.
The incident with Weinstein has sparked what many coin as the “Weinstein effect,” a global trend that has inspired many others to come forward and accuse powerful people of sexual misconduct.
One of the biggest catalysts for people to come forward about their experiences with sexual assaults has been the #MeToo movement. Hollywood actresses and other women around the world have used this hashtag on social media to give themselves a platform to tell their stories.
The #MeToo movement is encouraging all women who have been sexually harassed — be it at a party, at school or at the workplace — to come forward and speak out against it.
In 2017, Times Magazine named “The Silence Breakers” as its person of the year. “The Silence Breakers” representing all the people who came forward and reported sexual misconduct that year.
At the 2018 Golden Globes, the celebrity-driven “Time’s Up” campaign took center stage, with the majority of women wearing black dresses to show their support for all the women who have spoken out against sexual misconduct and to tell men like Weinstein out there that their “Time’s Up.”