Top Hollywood women join forces to fight sexual misconduct

Rosalie Gross
January 3, 2018

In an open letter printed in The New York Times, the initiative lends the star power of its A-list members to the cause of women in less prominent fields, urging support and respect for farm workers, cleaners, waitstaff and others whose humble positions leave them vulnerable and voiceless.

"We want all survivors of sexual harassment, everywhere, to be heard, to be believed, and to know that accountability is possible", the letter read, noting that Time's Up wasn't just limited to helping those in Hollywood.

More than 300 Hollywood elite, including Shonda Rhimes, Emma Stone and Reese Witherspoon, have joined forces for Time's Up, a new initiative aiming to fight sexual harassment and assault in the workplace.

The initiative includes a legal defense fund, headed by Tchen, Michelle Obama's former chief of staff, and backed by $13 million in donations, to help protect less privileged women from sexual misconduct and the fallout from reporting it. We stand with you.

Legislation to penalize companies that tolerate persistent harassment, and to discourage the use of nondisclosure agreements to silence victims. The fund will be administrated by National Women's Law Center, a national women's rights legal organization.

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In addition, it features a request that women "walking the red carpet at the Golden Globes speak out and raise awareness by wearing black". Powered by women, TIME'S UP addresses the systemic inequality and injustice in the workplace that have kept underrepresented groups from reaching their full potential.

Signatories include actresses America Ferrera, Rashida Jones, Ashley Judd, Eva Longoria, Natalie Portman, Kerry Washington, and Reese Witherspoon, as well as showrunners Shonda Rhimes and Jill Soloway.

While the group announced itself to the world this week, meetings actually began back in October and have been taking place weekly ever since.

In announcing the campaign on Monday, the group alluded to the string of allegations of sexual assault, harassment and other offenses involving powerful men in the film, TV and media industries, while expressing solidarity with women in blue-collar jobs.

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