“Activists and celebrities gathered Tuesday evening in New York to honor Lisa Borders, the new president and CEO of Time’s Up, the initiative and legal defense fund fighting sexual harassment and inequality. Cindi Leive, Padma Lakshmi, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Inez van Lamsweerde and more were the evening’s hosts.
Borders started the job on November 1 after serving as president of the Women’s National Basketball Association. She was inspired to join Time’s Up while listening to Oprah Winfrey’s Golden Globes speech about gender inequality earlier this year.
Since Time’s Up was started on January 1, more than 3,500 women and men across the U.S. have accessed legal resources through its legal defense fund. Borders’s hiring came shortly after Time’s Up’s recent success helping McDonald’s and Walmart workers file sexual-harassment claims against their employers. In the coming months, she plans to amplify the organization’s message outside the entertainment industry.
At the dinner on Tuesday, an event hosted by The Glenlivet in honor of Time’s Up called “Conversations for Change” hosted at Indochine, Borders gave a moving speech that touched on her childhood growing up in the South during the civil-rights movement, and what she now refuses to tolerate: the mistreatment of women. Below, read an excerpt of her speech followed by photos from the event.”