Hollywood actresses launch Time's Up, to help fight sexual harassment at workplace

03 January, 2018, 01:11 | Author: Ruben Patrick
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But Time's Up isn't just for women in Hollywood.

The creation of the legal fund, which has so far raised $13.4million of its $15million target, was prompted by a letter signed on behalf of 700,000 female farmworkers saying they stood with the women of Hollywood against abuse.

Three-hundred Hollywood actresses, writers and directors including the likes of Charlize Theron and Shonda Rhimes have launched a project to help fight sexual harassment beyond the film industry.

The letter kicked off an initiative titled, "Times Up", which features a coalition out "to help survivors of sexual assault and harassment across all industries challenge those responsible for the harm against them and give voice to their experiences".

Backing legislation to penalise companies which tolerate harassment or participate in the cover-up of systemic sexual misconduct.

And it called on women to wear black at this Sunday's Golden Globes as a statement against gender and racial inequality and to raise awareness about the group's efforts.

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Director Ava DuVernay, producer Kathleen Kennedy and dozens of actors, including America Ferrera, Emma Stone and Constance Wu, laid out the mission of Time's Up in an open letter.

Time's Up is a leaderless initiative created to help women of all industries. There is, for example, a working group dedicated to ensuring the LGBTQI+ community is heard.

"For years, we've sold these awards shows as women, with our gowns and colors and our lovely faces and our glamour", she said.

"It's very hard for us to speak righteously about the rest of anything if we haven't cleaned our own house", Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes said to NPR about Time's Up. That's not what this moment is about.

The initiative, which is called "Time's Op" was announced on Monday in a full-page advert in the "New York Times".

"We have been siloed off from each other", Reese Witherspoon said. "We're finally hearing each other, and seeing each other, and now locking arms in solidarity with each other, and in solidarity for every woman who doesn't feel seen, to be finally heard".

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