A cruel irony has rocked the leadership of one of the primary organizations combating inequality and sexual misconduct. Following an announcement by Time’s Up President and CEO Lisa Borders on Monday that she’d be stepping down from the post she’d assumed only last October “to address family concerns that require [her] singular focus,” it has been revealed that her resignation came as a result of sexual assault allegations leveled against her son.
As revealed in a subsequent statement released early Friday morning, Borders, formerly President of the WNBA and vice president of global community affairs at Coca-Cola, alerted the leadership of Time’s Up that the allegations against her son had been made “in a private forum.” The details of the alleged assault have not been disclosed. By the following day, Borders tendered her resignation, which the organization accepted, stating that “[all] of our actions were fully guided by our support for survivors.”
Borders has yet to issue any further statement on the matter, nor has she responded to requests for comment from various outlets, including NBC News. As recently as Feb. 10, Borders, along with #MeToo founder Tarana Burke, appeared at the woman-led 2019 Makers Conference, where she stated in a video that the Time’s Up movement was formed in response to the Me Too movement.
“We are here so that no woman ever again has to say ‘Me Too,’” she said.
As Time’s Up conducts an executive search for Borders’ replacement, Chief Operating Officer Rebecca Goldman will serve as interim CEO.