Janelle Monae is amazing and her words give me goose bumps every time I read this speech.
They also fill me with anger because we (particularly us white people) still have so, so much work to do on equality, discrimination, harassment and abuse of power.
But they fill me with hope, because I’ve overheard conversations between old, powerful white men about how they now think about the language they use around women and the “jokes” that they can no longer make.
They fill me with hope because I’ve had so many amazing conversations with young women at craft fairs and seen their passion and drive to make change happen.
So let’s work together, let make it happen.
“to those who would dare try and silence us, we offer you two words: Time's Up.
We say Time's Up for pay inequality,
Time's Up for discrimination,
Time's Up for harassment of any kind,
and Time's Up for the abuse of power.
Because you see, it’s not just going on in Hollywood,
it’s not just going on in Washington,
it's right here in our industry as well.
And just as we have the power to shape culture, we also have the power to undo the culture that does not serve us well.
So, let's work together, women and men, as a united music industry committed to creating more safe work environments, equal pay, and access for all women.”
Janelle Monae, Grammys speech 2018.
The print and hanger are available here...