By Amy Kaufman and Meg James
Los Angeles Times
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Though formed in the wake of #MeToo, “Time’s Up” has a broad mandate, to insist on “safe, fair and dignified work for women of all kinds”, which includes issues beyond sexual harassment. Lisa Borders was recently named the organization’s first CEO.
Los Angeles Times
With just 30 hours’ notice, a dozen influential female executives, founding members of the Time’s Up organization, gathered Tuesday evening in Hollywood to introduce their newly hired president and chief executive, Lisa Borders, to 10 members of the media.
Borders will take up that post next month after stepping down from a three-year tenure as head of the Women’s National Basketball Assn.
The other Time’s Up executives present on Tuesday, including high-powered producers, agents, attorneys, a venture capitalist, a communications strategist and a top advertising executive, were visibly relieved to finally have a leader and a chief spokesperson for an organization that is often confused with a movement.
Though formed in the wake of #MeToo, Time’s Up has a broad mandate, to insist on “safe, fair and dignified work for women of all kinds”, which includes issues beyond sexual harassment.
Still, almost as soon as Borders had explained this mission, the discussion veered into the hot topic of the day: How the U.S. Senate handled allegations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh, who on Tuesday spent his first full day on the U.S. Supreme Court.
“We only have to look back at last week to realize that the world is not in a great place for women,” she said. “We sat in absolute disbelief at what happened last week. We can no longer stand by and tolerate women’s voices not being heard. … We are not an afterthought. Period. Full stop.