Published: Tue, January 02, 2018
Health Care | By Alberto Manning

Hollywood women launch #TimesUp campaign to end sexual harassment

Hollywood women launch #TimesUp campaign to end sexual harassment

Though it has been spurred by the continuing allegations of sexual harassment and assault within Hollywood that have emerged after the initial exposure of producer Harvey Weinstein, the women say their focus is on women in workplace worldwide, including blue-collar ones.

A number of Hollywood big names, including Ava DuVernay, Kathleen Kennedy, Ashley Judd, Eva Longoria, America Ferrera, Constance Wu, Natalie Portman, Emma Stone, Kerry Washington, Shonda Rhimes, Rashida Jones, Reese Witherspoon and Jill Soloway, to name a few, also published an open letter to lay out their mission.

It includes a legal defense fund that has so far raised some $13.4 million of its $15 million goal to provide subsidized legal support to women and men who were sexually harassed, assaulted or abused in the workplace. "If this group of women can't fight for a model for other women who don't have as much power and privilege, then who can?"

Backing legislation to penalise companies which tolerate harassment or participate in the cover-up of systemic sexual misconduct. The group is leaderless and functions as a collection of working groups.

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It calls on women to wear black at Sunday's Golden Globes as a statement against gender and racial inequality, as well as raise awareness about the group's efforts. For years, we've sold these awards shows as women, with our gowns and colours and our attractive faces and our glamour. "This time the industry can't expect us to go up and twirl around".

"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.

Donors include Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg and wife Kate Capshaw, and leading talent agencies that are under pressure to reform their practices in the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. It will be housed and administrated by the National Women's Law Center, and now has more than $13 million in donations.

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