Time’s Up hit major milestones in first month

The Time’s Up campaign has achieved quite a bit in its first month in action: from a wide-reaching social media movement to a “black-out” at the Golden Globes to a white-rose moment at the Grammys, Time’s Up is certainly making its presence known in all aspects of pop culture. But now, the movement has reached an important set of milestones in its first month — milestones that will help further its mission in the future.

According to Glamour, at a recent Time’s Up panel in Los Angeles, “Obama administration alum and lawyer Tina Tchen announced that the group had already raised $20 million, from about 20,000 donors across the country.” Additionally, Tchen announced that the campaign has also received 1,000 requests for help, says ELLE, with requests coming from people of all walks of life.

“The need is clearly there, from all industries—farm workers, hotel workers, steel workers,” Tchen said at the panel. “I had a steel worker from Indiana reach out to my office….Time’s Up has spoken to men and women who need help getting safety and equity in the workplace.”

In terms of getting that help to those who need it, Glamour reports that lawyer and one of the founder of the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund Roberta Kaplan said the requests are siphoned through the National Women’s Law Center:

“They have a number of lawyers who volunteer to work on these cases,” she said, “And they’re matching up clients with potential lawyers. Obviously the clients have to decide for themselves whether they want Lawyer A or Lawyer B to represent them.” The calls for help keeping coming in, says Kaplan: “[We’re getting requests] from people similar to some of the ‘me too’ stuff in Hollywood that you’ve heard—maybe not so famous, but people who’ve had bad experiences with someone in the industry—to other industries. I just got an email this morning from a nurse in Louisiana.”

And that $20 million — Kaplan told Glamour that the sum is “not that much,” as it “won’t even meet the current demand” for help. But with the campaign in its infancy and a plan in place to leverage the public platform of Hollywood to gain more traction, the Time’s Up campaign is bound to keep growing.

Just take the Song Suffragettes, for example: formed in 2014 in response a concern that women were being excluded from record labels and radio stations, The Columbian reports that the group of Nashville-based female musicians crafted a song and music video about the movement, with earnings from the song being donated to the Legal Defense Fund.

And Times Up even found a home across the pond, with British natives of Hollywood’s elite — such as Keira Knightley, Emma Thompson and Daisy Ridley — are “in the process of forming their own version of the movement” in Britain, according to Variety, advocating for both equal pay and safer workplaces for women across all industries.

Looks like time has not run out for the Time’s Up movement — and it’s not running out any time soon.

To donate or request help, click here.

Soloway shreds gender expectations in MAKERS speech

Leave it to Transparent creator and writer Jill Soloway to take down gender expectations and tear them apart.

According to the Huffington Post, Soloway used her 14-minute speech at the MAKERS Conference on Tuesday, Feb. 7 to tell of her “own exploration of gender identity and presentation to make a powerful point about how gendered expectations can limit women in profound ways.”

Sharing that traditional representations and presentations of femininity were confining to her, HuffPost said Soloway offered that shedding those limitations made apparent how gender performances can limit women in general:

“Men get to be wholly unattracting, while still commanding lots of power, because in patriarchy, men see and women are looked at,” Soloway said. “And that subtle code also implies that the man does, the woman is done to. And when we continue to offer up these signals and symbols that say we like being looked at, are we consenting to being looked at? Are we consenting to granting men the privilege of enjoying being the lookers?”

While Soloway admits that she has not yet figured out just who she wants to be, HuffPost said she encouraged everyone to take ownership of their bodies and do what they need to in order to feel empowered.

“…For the coming resistance ― the revolution, the evolution ― we all get to be as comfortable and grounded as we can to do whatever it takes to see more, worry about how we look less, to emulate male privilege if we need to, so that we can march all day and scale walls all night.”

To watch her whole speech, click here.

Nigerian bobsled team aiming for 2018 Olympic appearance

There’s a first for everything, and this bobsled team hopes to be the first to represent their home country in the Winter Olympics.

According to MAKERS, Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga of Nigeria are training to become the qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea; but if the trio qualifies, not only will it be their first appearance at the Games, they would be “the first Nigerian team ever to compete in bobsledding for the Winter Olympics.”

Despite their current training efforts, the team will need a bit of help in making history. MAKERS reports that the team started a GoFundME page to raise money to pay for their equipment, which includes a real bobsled to “replace the wood pushcart Adigun built to help her teammates understand the mechanics of the sport.”

Hoping to raise $150,000, MAKERS says the team has already raised $10,000 that will surely help launch them down the path of Olympic history.

To learn more about the team or help them reach their goal, click here.

Apple closes U.S. pay gap

It seems like Apple has been busy doing more than just creating a new iPhone and MacBook.

According to MAKERSGlamour has reported that the tech innovator has “announced it has closed the gender wage gap among its U.S. employees — and pledges to close any remaining gaps worldwide as soon as possible.”

In its annual diversity report, Apple shares that they have “achieved pay equity in the United States for similar roles and performance. Women earn one dollar for every dollar male employees earn,” says Glamour, while also increasing their number of global female employees and minority employees, both jumping up 6 percent.

But, Glamour’s report points out that others also benefited from this push for equal pay, with “underrepresented minorities” also earning “one dollar for every dollar white employees earn.”

Apple follows several major companies who have opted for equal pay, says Glamour, including Facebook, Microsoft and even Amazon, who have all publicly shared their initiatives to close the pay gap.

All of their efforts are just one more small step to further securing equal pay for not only women, but also minorities in the United States and beyond.

First ‘Women in Product’ conference set for September

Female entrepreneurs just got an exclusive invite to one of the biggest women-only events of the year.

According to MAKERS, a Women in Product conference was announced on Wednesday, July 6 — an even that will be sponsored by Facebook and hosted on September 13 for women in the product industry.

The conference is open to “only female attendees who have had at least eight years experience as product leaders, the conference is set to take place at Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters in California,” reports MAKERS.

Scheduled to speak at the event are Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, PayPal product executive Joanna Lambert and Eventbrite founder and CEO Julia Hartz, says MAKERS, among several others.

Sound like something you need to be a part of? Head over to the Women in Product site to sign up, as well as to check out the other speakers and schedule of events.