Speed Reading — Sexual Harassment - Level 3 — 300 wpm

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Over 300 women in Hollywood have joined together to fight sexual harassment. They have started a movement called 'Time's Up'. They want men to know that time is up for women not being treated fairly and equally. They are angry about the inequality in the movie industry and the amount of harassment working-class women face around the USA. The women are famous actresses, as well as female agents, directors, executives and producers. The group paid for a letter to be printed in newspapers. It said: "The struggle for women to break in, to rise up the ranks and to simply be heard and acknowledged in male-dominated workplaces must end". It added that "time's up" for men controlling everything.

The Time's Up movement started in October, soon after many top actresses reported that movie producer Harvey Weinstein had sexually harassed them. Its leaders have asked actresses to wear black when they walk along the red carpet of The Golden Globes awards ceremony on Sunday. They want women to use the red carpet to speak out against gender and racial inequality. Actress Eva Longoria said: "For years, we've sold these awards shows as women, with our gowns and colors and our beautiful faces and our glamour." She added that: "This time, the industry cannot expect us to go up and twirl around. That's not what this moment is about."

Comprehension questions
  1. How many women have joined together to fight sexual harassment?
  2. In what industry are the women angry about inequality?
  3. Who did the group say is facing harassment around the USA?
  4. Where did the group get its letter published?
  5. What did the women say men should now stop controlling?
  6. When did the Time's Up movement start?
  7. What color clothes did the group want women to wear?
  8. What awards show was mentioned in the article?
  9. What is the name of the actress who spoke about gowns and glamour?
  10. What did the actress say women cannot be expected to do?

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