Bold Alphas From Oprah To America Lead The Time’s Up Movement

These fierce pack leaders are also dog owners

By Si Si Penaloza

Photo: Facebook / Oprah Winfrey

Time’s Up, the anti-harassment action plan unveiled by some of Hollywood’s most powerful women, has made headlines for the big names behind it, the big bucks backing it (its legal defense fund is $13 million), and its viral momentum. We can’t help reading into the fact that five of the more high-profile founders of the Time’s Up movement are also unified by their love of dogs. Oprah, Reese Witherspoon, America Ferrera, Natalie Portman & Tracee Ellis Ross are all effusive, devoted pet parents. Specifically, card carrying dog owners.

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These women are vocal about how much pets bring to their emotional lives, and often express dog love through formal magazine photo shoots, or posting sweet selfies with their pup directly to social media.

How does being a strong pack leader in your household translate and manifest in taking a movement global? We take the mantras of establishing yourself as an alpha and apply it to the larger realm of creating a safer, more fair and balanced world.

“Be a model to your pack.”

Photo: Facebook / Oprah Winfrey

Let’s begin with Oprah. The actor and entrepreneur spoke passionately about the #MeToo movement while accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2018 Golden Globes. It was the most electrifying moment of night: she rallied the industry and the world by calling out the systemic inequality that’s rooted at the heart of the entertainment industry. But Winfrey’s speech also offered a note of hope. It will be women, she said, who “become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say ‘Me too’ again”. The media fixated on the speech as a defacto 2020 campaign announcement, but even more profoundly, her words captured the complicated dynamics of an evening where virtually all the women present were wearing black.

In the #TimesUp Movement, Oprah’s Cecil B. DeMille “close up” was clearly her rousing speech. We see the pack leader behaving with dignity, surety, confidence, authority, and intelligence.

Photo: Facebook / Oprah Winfrey

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