THEIR TIME IS UP!: Trekking Through the #MeToo Movement and My Bill Cosby Dilemma M.A. Bettye J Thomas-Gilkey Author
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The #MeToo Movement has been astounding. In an increasingly misogynistic society that has escalated since the 2016 elections, the plethora of women who have felt compelled to share their stories has been profound. Consequently, I was inspired to research, write and chronicle news accounts of the historic Women’s March and the U.S.A. Gymnastics Team’s sexual assault travesty leading to the subsequent downfall of team doctor Larry Nassar. All of this emboldened me to expose my own Pandora’s box. Since 2017, more than 250 high-profile celebrities, CEO’s, politicians, and others have been the subject of sexual harassment, assault, or other misconduct allegations against women. This narrative has impacted the international community as well. But it was Oprah Winfrey who brought it home upon accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2018 Golden Globes. She expressed “gratitude to all women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they…had children to feed...bills to pay…dreams to pursue…” Oprah’s four abstruse words motivated me to forge ahead and write this book. All she simply said was “THEIR TIME IS UP” … and it is!


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