Harvey Weinstein, Donald Trump, Kevin Spacey. All catalysts in the startup of the #TIMESUP campaign. Over the course of 2017, more than 40 sexual misconduct scandals against high-profile men have made their way into the public eye. Some – but not all – have been ousted from their companies or resigned themselves amid the allegations. In response to sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry, more than 300 powerful women in Hollywood such as Reese Witherspoon, Natalie Portman, and Emma Watson have launched the Time’s Up initiative.#TIMESUP was first introduced into the world on January 1, 2018, when the movement published a letter unveiling the anti-harassment action plan. The letter from the group read: “The struggle for women to break in, to rise up the ranks and to simply be heard and acknowledged in male-dominated workplaces must end.” The letter addressed key issues such as workplace harassment, sexual misconduct, and the lack of financial stability – all of which play a significant role in this “impenetrable monopoly.” This initiative came about after there were multiple accusations of various high-profile men in the entertainment industry, with most allegations directed towards Harvey Weinstein, a Hollywood producer and co-founder of the Weinstein Company. Weinstein has been accused of sexual assault and harassment by 84 women, but still unequivocally denies “any allegations of non-consensual sex,” as said by his spokeswoman, Sallie Hofmeister. Additionally, actor Ben Affleck has also been accused of harassment, from celebrities such as actress Hilarie Burton, who accused him of groping her breast during a visit to MTV’s “TRL” in 2003. These allegations have also been a part of #MeToo, a movement where victims share their own stories of sexual harassment, which ultimately toppled the careers of prominent men such as Kevin Spacey.However, among many of these allegations, there has also been public backlash, such as Margaret Atwood, who compared the #MeToo movement to the Salem witch trials or to Joseph Stalin’s purges – which killed millions. The victims’ accusations and stories were deemed “too careless, too fragile” and “too whiny.” Backlashers also suggested that the real danger is not men who care little to nothing about consent, but the “privileged” women inexplicably eager to ruin men over their sexual “regrets.” Moreover, Andrew Sullivan added his voice to the issue by saying that the movement had condemned men to “social ostracism and career destruction.” Despite the backlash from these movements, research and statistics prove that these movements are needed now more than ever. According to the United Nations, only 50 percent of women of working age are in the labour force, compared to 77 percent of men. Additionally, only one in five members of lower or single houses of parliament is a woman, further emphasising the need for change in equal decision-making.