By: Jacqueline Rosado, Articles Editor, J.D. Candidate, May 2018, St. Thomas University School of Law.

Less than a year ago, on October 5, 2017, a scandal was revealed big enough to make waves not only on a national, but global scale. There is no better way than to identify the “monster”[1] behind this scandal as Harvey Weinstein, whom paid his employees to not only help him cover up, but also facilitate in his sexual conquests[2] What first seemed like one of America’s most disappointing moments in history, particularly in Hollywood, actually opened up Pandora’s box for women’s rights, most importantly, in the legal field. A “problem” that once “had no name,”[3] became every woman’s #MeToo moment across the globe, “providing an umbrella of solidarity for millions of people,” both men and women, “to come forward with their stories.”[4]

One of the most breathtaking achievements that the #MeToo movement help put into force was the National Women’s Law Center’s launch of Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, created with the purpose of providing legal advice, services, and representation to men and women who experience all types of sexual misconduct “in all industries – especially low-income women and people of color.”[5] This movement has started a wave, as other major industries that have harbored sexual predators have been targeted and revealed for covering up its history of sexual misconduct.[6] Just a few key examples includes the USA Gymnastics’ former national team doctor, Larry Nassar, who was recently convicted of sexually abusing over 256 children and women for over a decade[7] and NBC’s firing of Today Show’s co-host, Matt Lauer, due to several allegations of sexual misconduct.[8] Thus, a light (more like a rocket) has been ignited in one of America’s darkest moments in women’s history. Time is most definitely up . . .

[1]See http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-42886903 (As was coined by actress and one of Time’s People of the Year 2017, Rose McGowan).

[2]See http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-41594672. This scandal involves more than 80 women who have been victimized by Harvey Weinstein in the film industry.

[3]See http://time.com/time-person-of-the-year-2017-silence-breakers/. This is a quote from actress, Ashley Judd and one of Time’s People of the Year 2017, as she describes how there was no sort of women’s defense team for situations like these, not only in Hollywood, but in the work force in general. Thus, women were suffering everywhere.

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[5]See https://nwlc.org/times-up-legal-defense. fund/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI6Kuqkaaj2QIV1TaBCh1gQw2BEAAYAiAAEgI0GPD_BwE.

[6]See http://time.com/5015204/harvey-weinstein-scandal/.

[7]See http://time.com/5127119/larry-nassar-how-many-victims/.

[8]See https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2017/11/30/matt-lauer-releases-statement-after-firing-there-no-words-express-my-sorrow/908287001/.