Reese Witherspoon shared her #MeToo story at the UN on International Women’s Day. She, along with others in Hollywood, helped start the #TimesUp movement in 2018 to support women who need it most.
The actress stated, “When I was 16 years old, I was assaulted by a director. One of the things I understood was a condition of my employment and the opportunities that I had was silence. With the revelation that so many women had been assaulted, discriminated against, and generally told to be quiet for fear of losing opportunity, and their job, we decided we decided we were all gonna come together.
She continued, “We are not going away and we’re not going to be quiet. We want to see ourselves represented 50/50 as soon as possible, as soon as we can make it possible, because women are 50% of the population, we deserve 50% of the representation, 50% of the salaries. We will no longer continue to do work without being paid properly for it, and that’s a big part of what this organization is doing.”
The #MeToo and #TimesUp movement have grown immensely — especially in Hollywood. Hopefully, this means that a positive shift in favor of women is on the way.