Changing Laws and Policy

When the Laws Don’t Protect Us, We Change the Laws

TIME'S UP leaders arrive in Albany to advocate for the New York Safety Agenda
Actresses Carmen LoBue, Leslie Silva, and other TIME'S UP community members arrive in Albany to advocate for the New York Safety Agenda. © Matthew McDermott

Every day, we fight for policies to make women safer at work and to level the playing field so all women have an equal shot at success and security.

When laws don’t do enough to keep women safe at work, we help change them. In New York State, we helped pass into law the TIME’S UP Safety Agenda: the law extended the statute of limitations on rape in New York and made it easier for workers who’ve been harassed to bring claims against their employers. That means more survivors will be able to get their day in court and seek justice.

TIME'S UP leaders gather in Albany to advocate for the New York Safety Agenda
TIME'S UP Legal Defense Fund Co-founder Robbie Kaplan, actresses Carmen LoBue, Mira Sorvino, Leslie Silva, and TIME'S UP Chief Strategy and Policy Officer Jennifer Klein traveled to Albany to help pass the TIME'S UP Safety Agenda into law. © Matthew McDermott

But New York wasn’t just a flash in the pan: Since #metoo went viral in 2017, 15 states have passed new laws to increase protections against sexual harassment.

We’re also fighting to break down the barriers to success and security that women so often confront. In 2019 alone, at least eight states have passed new laws to address the wage gap. And we’re also taking this fight to Congress by advocating for the Paycheck Fairness Act to strengthen existing equal pay laws — because the days of paying women less than men are over.

Here’s the truth: Many of our laws and policies were written by and for men — and women, particularly women of color, have been left behind. For far too long, the deck has been stacked against us. It’s about time we change that — and we need you with us.