After a battle hardened few years which saw more and more women and men come out of the fray and battle their abusers, the Time’s Up Initiative has become the battle cry for the new year and will see more support as they become integral voices in the 2018 MAKERS Conference.
“It’s exciting to watch a new movement in the making,” said MAKERS Founder and Executive Producer, Dyllan McGee in a report. “We’re honored that Time’s Up will be an integral part of the 2018 MAKERS Conference, sharing the story of how they began and how they will raise their voices to make a lasting impact.”
A panel featuring Maha Dakhil, Rashida Jones, Melina Matsoukas, Katie McGrath, Natalie Portman, Nina Shaw, Jill Soloway and Tina Tchen will step onto the MAKERS stage at NeueHouse Hollywood to use the event as a powerful platform to discuss their TIME’S UP action plan.
The initiative has been a powerful call for change for men and women everywhere, as recent events in Hollywood helped to magnify just how grave sexual abuse, abuse of power in the workplace, economic abuse, and other injustices were against an intersectional array of women and men.
“The campaign addresses systemic inequality and injustice in the workplace that has kept underrepresented groups from reaching their full potential,” it stated in the report.
Since launching, the initiative has so far raised USD20 million for the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund (TULDF), which is housed and administered at the National Women’s Law Center.
TULDF helps men and women who face workplace sexual harassment connect with a network of legal representation and public relations assistance.
As recent news has proved, abuse occurs in all areas: from movie sets to farm fields to boardrooms; and TIME’S UP envisions a nationwide leadership that admits these abuses exists against all sexualities and is proactive about helping people seek justice.
The 3-day MAKER’S Conference will also be the venue for the feminist agenda to gain even wider attention as influential speakers like Liza Koshy, Lydia Polgreen, Gabourey Sidibe, Amber Tamblyn, Abby Wambach and Glennon Doyle will also engage in conversations ranging from the power of social media to how diverse voices are needed at every table, in every room, at every level.
Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda, Lena Waithe, Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani, Cleo Wade, Monica Ramirez, Jessica Biel, Lena Dunham, Karlie Kloss, Sallie Krawcheck, Malcolm D. Lee, Saundra Pelletier, Cleo Wade, Sheryl Sandberg, and Bozoma Saint John will also be making appearances and doing talks.
Apart from actors, influencers, and business leaders, industry representatives will be there as well: female farmworkers activist and Alianza Nacional de Campesinas‘ co-founder and President Mónica Ramírez, lawyer and Restaurant Opportunities Centers United Co-founder and President Saru Jayaraman, Baby2Baby Co-Presidents Norah Weinstein and Kelly Sawyer Patricof, Board Member and Ambassador Nicole Richie, and 11-year old female scientist and Flint, Michigan water crisis advocate Gitanjali Rao.
According to the report on Yahoo, the conference is currently sold out, but you can catch all the action live on makers.com/conference.