The Changemakers: Inside the #MeToo and Time’s Up Revolutions


Nina Shaw, Saru Jayaraman, and Amanda Nguyen were empowering women long before #MeToo and Time’s Up became viral movements. Since then, they have taken on new roles to combat sexual violence against women across sectors.

Shaw, an attorney who co-founded the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, believes “people are still at the very beginning of this movement,” adding, “and if we’re only at the beginning in terms of awareness, it means that we have a lot of growth, and I’m very hopeful about that.”

Jayaraman, the co-founder and president of Restaurant Opportunities Center United, notes, “Collectively, all of us who have been working with Tarana [Burke] — who have been leading sectors of low-wage workers or higher-wage professionals — all of us would like to see far more focus on structural change.”

Nguyen, a civil-rights activist who founded RISE, a nonprofit organization working to pass legislation that supports victims of sexual assault, acknowledges that the process has not been easy, but is rewarding nonetheless. “At the end of the day, it’s about knowing that we can actually create change,” says Nguyen, “and having a deep belief in the civil rights that we’re fighting for — because the sacrifices are real.”

Watch Now

  1. How Do I Keep Things Sexy in a Long-Distance Relationship? | Sex Probz
  2. I’m Disabled. How Can I Improve My Sex Life? | Sex Probz
  3. Bobby Berk on the Power of Good Design, Queer Eye, and What’s Next
  4. The Creators and Stars of Hulu’s ‘Pen 15’ on Trusting Their Instincts
  5. Natasha Lyonne on How to Rise in Your Career
  6. A Day in the Life of 8 Successful Women
  7. Snooki’s Guide to Social Media
  8. The Most Petty Moments During Michael Cohen’s Testimony
  9. This Body-Paint Artist Transforms People (& Ariana Grande) Into 2-D Paintings
  10. Beyond ‘The One’: Exploring Modern Polyamory
  11. These Plus-Sized Yogis Made Yoga Their Own
  12. Will Rainbow-Colored Teeth Ever Become a Thing?
  13. 17 Awkward References to Colton Underwood’s Virginity
  14. Radical Beauty: The Beard Society of New Jersey Is Hairy AF
  15. What It’s Like to be Addicted to Sex and Porn
  16. What It’s Like to Have a Body That’s Literally Falling Apart
  17. Radical Beauty: Meet the Living Dolls of NYC
  18. The 10-Year-Old Lifting More Than Her Body Weight
  19. What It’s Like to See 100 Million Colors
  20. Mrs. Claus Is Coming to Town
Inside the #MeToo and Time’s Up Revolutions