California Can Lead the Way on Equal Rights. Let’s Make it Happen.

California, State Policy

TIME’S UP’s members at a
In Los Angeles, 250 black women gathered to discuss women's equality as part of TIME’S UP’s Women of Color working group. © Skandia Shafer

TIME’S UP launched in the heart of Hollywood, turning the red carpet into a sea of black to send a powerful message that the days of harassing and mistreating women are over.

That moment represented a seismic shift — it showed how serious we are about ending sexual harassment and inequality for good. Now, TIME’S UP is coupling that Hollywood momentum with critical state policy changes to make safe, fair, and dignified work a reality for every woman in every industry across the Golden State.

TIME’S UP teamed up with the California First Partner’s Office and the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls to launch the #EqualPayCA initiative, equipping both employees and employers with resources to close the gender pay gap and convening a corporate roundtable to make sure companies play their part.

Jennifer Siebel Newsom speaking at #EqualPayCA press conference
First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, and TIME’S UP launched #EqualPayCA to help close the pay gap in California. © TIME'S UP Foundation

But we’re not stopping there. We know that only by changing the cultural conversation around women’s equality will we achieve our vision. That’s why TIME’S UP’s entertainment industry change group has launched a number of initiatives, including:

  • CRITICAL, the first-of-its-kind database of film and TV critics who are people of color and/or women and gender nonconforming people, with an aim to broaden the cultural gatekeepers who have too often ignored marginalized voices.
  • The 4 Percent Challenge, which challenges producers and studios to commit to hiring a woman director for an upcoming project.
  • The Who’s In The Room mentorship program and Women of Color Network (WOC), which aims to move the needle on inclusion and representation in the entertainment industry.
TIME'S UP's Who's In The Room mentees gathering
Who’s In The Room, a program of TIME’S UP Entertainment, is designed to increase the presence of people from a variety of economic and cultural backgrounds in the producer and executive ranks of the entertainment industry. © Skandia Shafer

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