Meet Monica Ramírez: The Latina who Ignited the ‘Times Up’ Movement
With one letter, Monica Ramirez ignited a movement that would create a remarkable shift in culture and change the course of history for women and men across the nation.
After members of the entertainment industry came forward to disclose sexual violence by powerful people in Hollywood, Monica authored a letter on behalf of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, raising the powerful voices of Latina farmworkers in support of those who spoke out, lending them strength and solidarity.
Monica’s decades of working as an attorney in defense of farmworker women’s rights had prepared her for this moment in history, and when she raised her voice, it was heard. The response to the letter was overwhelming, and it went viral. It was published in Time Magazine and Hollywood stars took notice and joined forces.
The ‘Times Up’ movement was born – farmworker, Hollywood and other women united in a quest for fairness, equality and justice – and Monica was propelled onto the national stage as a leader in the movement, advocating for solutions to sexual violence and garnering incredible visibility for farmworker women.
4 Things to Take From Monica Right Now
Latinas Have Power
Monica, the daughter and granddaughter of migrant farmworkers, rose her soft yet powerful voice and changed the perceptions of Latinas and farmworkers in one interview. She proved that even if women may have less wealth or visibility, it doesn’t mean they’re not powerful. To Monica, this is the year of Latinas and now is the time to lift our voices in a way that we are heard.
Elevate Hidden Women
Everyday Latinas are heroes in their own right and are making important contributions to the country. Monica urges us to make a commitment to support and lift others up that are doing great work. (We have no time for jealousy and competition!)
Your Voice is Cultivated
It took many years for Monica to find her voice. She began in high school when she wrote about migrant farmworker stories, and cultivated it over time through her education and work as an attorney. Each of has the opportunity to practice and prepare our voice so that when the moment comes, we are ready to raise it.
Call People In
Instead of calling people out, Monica suggests that we call them in. Building community versus confrontation is very natural for Latinas. Calling people in gives us an alternative way to speak up – one that is about educating and creating solutions, versus offending and creating problems.