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A former adviser to the Obama administration who has a history of fighting workplace inequality will become the next head of Time's Up Now.
Lawyer Tina Tchen will become president and chief executive of the advocacy group and its foundation starting November 1.
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'We have some news: We’re honored to announce that @TinaTchen
will be leading the charge for safe, fair and dignified work as #TIMESUP’s new President & CEO,' the group announced on Instagram Monday morning.
According to the organization, Tchen helped to co-found the Times Up Legal Defense Fund.
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'She's been fighting for gender equity and workers’ rights for years. We can’t wait to see all that we’ll accomplish together in this new chapter,' the Instagram post continued.
Two hours later, the organization shared video of Tchen talking about her new role and the announcement of the
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'The work that Times Up does is personal to me as I am sure it is to many of you,' Tchen says.
Tchen led the White House Council on Women and Girls under then-President Barack Obama and served as chief of staff to first lady Michelle Obama.
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Time's Up was started in the wake of the #MeToo movement and works to fight sexual harassment in Hollywood, law enforcement, service jobs and other industries.
'This work took on even more urgency two years ago when incredibly brave women and men who experienced sexual harassment in the workplace came forward and spoke and they've fueled this movement that has happened since then,' Tchen said.
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Tchen helped start the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund. It has raised more than $24million to support litigation.
She said she's optimistic that the time is right to create fair workplaces where everyone can reach their full potential.
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'We are having a global conversation around workplaces, around the role of women and gender equity, in...
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