The Time’s Up initiative will continue to spread its message at the 2018 Grammy Awards.
A group called Voices in Entertainment came together this week to lend their support to the Time’s Up campaign by encouraging Grammy Awards attendees to wear a white rose to Sunday’s ceremony.
Led by Meg Harkins, SVP of Marketing at Roc Nation and Karen Rait, Rhythmic Promotion, Interscope/Geffen/A&M Records, the group of 15 women sent a letter to their fellow industry members.
“As we are inspired by the #timesup campaign, we are encouraging the artists that we work with and our colleagues attending the 60th Annual Grammy Awards in New York City to wear a white rose to the ceremony on Sunday, January 28th,” the letter reads by Voices in Entertainment reads. “We choose the white rose because historically it stands for hope, peace, sympathy and resistance.”
It continues: “Please join us in support of equal representation in the workplace, for leadership that reflects the diversity of our society, workplaces free of sexual harassment and a heightened awareness of accountability that our sisters started on January 1st and continued through the Golden Globes and onward.”
According to Harkins, per The Los Angeles Times, Halsey, Fergie, Kelly Clarkson, Bebe Rexha, Cyndi Lauper and Rapsody are among those to have already pledged their support.
One of the first initiatives of the Time’s Up movement was encouraging stars to wear all-black ensembles to the 2018 Golden Globes Awards to send a united message against sexual harassment and workplace inequality. And it resulted in an unprecedented sight on the carpet – a wardrobe blackout by many actresses and actors.
The organization, founded by over 300 prominent Hollywood actresses, female writers, directors, producers, agents and executives, aims to fight systemic sexual harassment in the workplace.
Stars brought colorful looks back to the SAG Awards, but continued to show their support of the movement by wearing Time’s Up pins and other meaningful accessories. But the Grammys will show the second carpet-wide acknowledgment and support of the initiative.
To donate to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, which will provide subsidized legal support to women and men in all industries who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace, visit its GoFundMe page. Learn more about Time’s Up, an organization of women in entertainment combating sexual harassment and inequality, on its website.
The music industry is already supporting Time’s Up in other ways. The Nashville-based female singer-songwriting collective, the Song Suffragettes, just released a song, “Time’s Up,” that openly acknowledges the imbalance between men and women and the discrimination and harassment women face.
All proceeds from the song will benefit Time’s Up and its Legal Defense Fund, which so far has raised over $16 million to provide legal support to women and men who have experienced harassment, assault or abuse in the workplace.