United Talent Agency is supporting its employees who plan to participate in today’s Day Without a Woman. For this year’s International Women’s Day (March 8), the organizers of the Women’s March on Washington are encouraging women to abstain from paid and unpaid labor to demonstrate the impact women have on a workforce that often undervalues their role.
“We consider it vital for UTA to be a part of the global dialogue about gender equity and underscore its importance,” said UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer in a statement. “Women play a critical role in the workforce and are essential members of the UTA family, and we fully support this event and encourage women across the agency to mark the day.”
UTA will mark this day by holding multiple off-site events for its female employees in its New York, Toronto, and Los Angeles offices. The Los Angeles and New York events will feature community leaders as well as prominent talent from across the news, literary, and film worlds discussing issues of gender equity and the arts, including sharing their own personal journeys and experiences. Speakers for the employee-only events are listed below.
For the Toronto office, employees are organizing a clothing and fundraising drive for Toronto Dress for Success and local shelter Women’s Habitat.
“On the heels of our United Voices rally, it was a very natural decision to stand up for, and with, our own female employees,” said Suzette Ramirez-Carr, UTA’s Global Head of Human Resources in a statement. “Every woman will have the freedom to spend the day as she sees fit—with the full support of her male colleagues—and I couldn’t be more proud of the conversations taking shape globally around this decision.”
In February, in lieu of their annual Oscar party, UTA threw the United Voices rally at their Los Angeles office that brought together industry professionals who wanted to speak out against the Trump Administration’s Muslim ban and in support of free speech. Nearly 2,000 attendees showed up for the event where California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Jodie Foster, Michael J. Fox, Reza Aslan, Keegan-Michael Key and Wilmer Valderrama all spoke.