It’s been nearly two years since Times Up, the organization built to combat discrimination and harassment against women in the workplace came into being. Since then much has been said about the representation of women of color within that fight. Actresses like America Ferrara, Jennifer Lopez and Rosario Dawson have all jumped in to focus on the role of Latinas within this movement and now more is happening.
Times Up announced that they will be teaming up with The Latinx House to “create community, engagement, and further opportunities for Latinx voices in and outside of Hollywood.” Founded by Justice for Migrant Women’s Monica Ramirez, Olga Segura, and Alex Martinez Kondracke, The Latinx House is a meeting place for those who “appreciate and support” everything involving the Latinx community.
Described as a “place of consequence” by Ramirez, The Latinx House will host panel discussions, educational skill-building sessions, as well as be a space for networking and other gatherings. Sundance Film Festival has already committed to working with The Latinx House at their event next year, and the organization will also have a presence at next year’s SXSW Festival as well as the Democratic and Republican National Conventions.
Latinx actresses Eva Longoria, Gina Rodriguez, Diane Guerrero and America Ferrera have leant their voices in support of the partnership and the work The Latinx House is doing. Each one has discussed the issues that continue to plague women of color in Hollywood. “It is unfortunate that the three of us are three of the only working Latinas — that we can count it on our hand is unfortunate,” says Rodriguez as part of the announcement. This comes in the wake of crossing the $100 million mark on a budget of just $20 million.
Initiatives like these are fantastic as groups are stronger when they’re united for a common cause. Women of color should have a serious stake in these discussions, if not more than that considering harassment and discrimination hits them harder. Watching Times Up and The Latinx House work over the next few years, leading up to the 2020 election, will hopefully yield fruitful results.