The organization is pushing for gender parity in the upper echelons of leadership across Hollywood agencies, studios, and organizations. Shonda Rhimes has already gotten her agency ICM to pledge 50-50 gender parity by 2020.
“It’s not enough to have 50 percent [female] employees,” ICM managing director Chris Silbermann told The Hollywood Reporter. “Women have to be equally represented in true positions of leadership and influence throughout the company.”
Truer words have never been spoken.
If there’s anything we’ve learned from the continuing scandals, it’s this: sexual harassment and assault are crimes of power that drive women out of industries. And until women achieve parity — true representation and pay in the most powerful levels of their industries — these crimes will continue.
And the forerunners of Time’s Up are sure it is possible to end endemic sexual harassment.
As Shonda Rhimes said to the NY Times, “We just reached this conclusion in our heads that, damn it, everything is possible. Why shouldn’t it be?”