PRESS RELEASE: Time's Up Partners with StoryCorps

Time's Up and StoryCorps partner to record, preserve, and amplify the stories of working women past and present for history

#TIMESUPXStoryCorps social campaign to support this effort by encouraging women across the globe to share their stories and celebrate the experiences of working women everywhere

LOS ANGELES – March 2, 2018 –Today, TIME’S UP and StoryCorps—the groundbreaking national oral history project, which has sought to document the lives of people of all backgrounds and beliefs from across America—launched a partnership to document stories from women around discrimination, abuse and opportunity in the workplace. As a part of #TIMESUPXStoryCorps, supporters of TIME’S UP including actresses, activists, thought leaders, executives and people from across industries will have conversations with women from various backgrounds in the months ahead using the StoryCorps platform.

To support this effort, TIME’S UP will launch a #TIMESUPXStoryCorps campaign across social media platforms that will encourage women across the globe to share their stories with each other and be a part of the unified TIME’S UP conversation about all of our experiences in the workplace on social media or via the free StoryCorps app. The campaign aims to bring together the voices of women everywhere who may work across different industries or professional spheres, but who share the common experience of being a woman in the workplace. #TIMESUPXStoryCorps will include the stories of women, known and unknown, who have fought for equity in the workplace, past, present and future.

As part of the campaign, a range of women across the TIME’S UP movement have already recorded stories including Rashida Jonesand Myrla Baldonado, an organizer for domestic workers; Jane Fonda and Blanca Banuelos, a lawyer for California Rural Legal Assistance; Daniela Contreras and June Barrett, domestic workers who are affiliated with the Domestic Workers Alliance; Elizabeth Blackney and Mara Gubuan, a human rights activist; Ashley Judd and Dr. Ted Klontz, Director of the Financial Psychology Institute at Creighton University’s Heider College of Business and Amanda Nguyen, Founder and President of Rise.

Participants utilizing the StoryCorps App to share their stories will be provided a special question list about women’s experience in the workplace to provide a prompt for meaningful conversation.

StoryCorps interviews are intimate and important audio conversations between two people that are preserved for history at the Library of Congress. Nearly half a million people have recorded with StoryCorps since 2003. In sharing their stories, StoryCorps participants explore and offer witness to issues and events so that future generations can learn through first-person accounts about our shared history.

TIME’S UP is a unified call for change for women everywhere. From movie sets to farm fields to boardrooms alike, we envision nationwide leadership that reflects the world in which we live. Powered by women, TIME’S UP addresses the systemic inequality and injustice in the workplace that have kept underrepresented groups from reaching their full potential. We partner with leading advocates for equality and safety to improve laws, employment agreements, and corporate policies; help change the face of corporate boardrooms and the C-suite; and enable more women and men to access our legal system to hold wrongdoers accountable. As one of its first initiatives, TIME’S UP launched the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund (TULDF)—which has since raised over 21 million dollars to support women and men who face workplace sexual harassment connect with legal representation and public relations assistance.

Founded in 2003, StoryCorps has given nearly 500,000 people—people of all backgrounds and beliefs, in towns and cities in all 50 states—the chance to record interviews about their lives. The organization preserves the recordings in its special StoryCorps archive at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, the largest single collection of human voices ever gathered, and shares select stories with the public through StoryCorps’ weekly podcast, NPR broadcasts, animated shorts, digital platforms, and best-selling books. These powerful human stories reflect the vast range of American experiences, wisdom and values; engender empathy and connection; and remind us how much more we have in common than divides us.

StoryCorps is especially committed to capturing and amplifying voices least heard in the media. The StoryCorps MobileBooth, an Airstream trailer the organization has transformed into a traveling recording booth, crisscrosses the country year-round in order to gather the stories of people nationwide. With the 2015 TED Prize awarded to Dave Isay, StoryCorps launched a free mobile app that puts the StoryCorps experience entirely in the hands of users and enables anyone, anywhere to record meaningful conversations with another person and upload the audio to the Library of Congress. StoryCorps also records interviews in its permanent StoryBooths, in New York, Chicago and Atlanta.

Recording an interview in a StoryCorps booth couldn’t be easier: You invite a loved one, or anyone else you choose, to a StoryCorps recording site. There you’re met by a trained facilitator who explains the interview process, brings you into a quiet recording room and seats you across from your interview partner, each of you in front of a microphone. The facilitator hits “record,” and you share a 40-minute conversation. At the end of the session, you walk away with a copy of the interview, and a digital file goes to the Library of Congress, where it will be preserved for generations to come.

StoryCorps is working to grow into an enduring national institution that fosters a culture of listening in the United States; celebrates the dignity, power and grace that can be heard in the stories we find all around us; and helps us recognize that every life and every story matter equally. In the coming years StoryCorps hopes to touch the lives of every American family.


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