Hollywood women launch initiative to stop sexual harassment

03 January, 2018, 01:08 | Author: Greg Santos
  • Women in Hollywood band together in anti-harassment initiative

A group of powerful women in Hollywood have launched an action plan to fight systemic sexual harassment in their industry and across all workplaces worldwide.

In December, Time magazine named "the Silence Breakers" - women and men who spoke out against sexual abuse and harassment - as its "Person of the Year" for 2017.

A legal defence fund, backed by $13 million in donations, which will focus on less-privileged working class women fighting sexual misconduct in their workplaces and the fallout which results from reporting it.

Time's Up was officially unveiled Monday in a story by The New York Times, though the group was formed not long after the first round of allegations against former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein came to light in October.

'This time the industry can't expect us to go up and twirl around.

Today, over 300 leading actresses, female agents, writers, directors, producers, and entertainment executives announced the initiative called Time's Up.

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Judd and other high-profile women said that the Time's Up initiatives will include a legal defense fund to help women in farm jobs and blue-collar positions, drafting legislation to punish companies that tolerate sexual harassment, and push for gender parity in Hollywood companies such as studios and talent agencies. The fund will be administrated by National Women's Law Center, a national women's rights legal organization.

A request that women walking the red carpet at the Golden Globes wear black to raise awareness for the issue.

Several other women who have donated amongst Swift include Jessica Biel, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, Stacey Snider, Dana Walden, Regina King, Felicity Huffman, Megan Ellison, Kate Hudson, Viola Davis, Ava DuVernay, Alicia Vikander, Amy Poehler, Olivia Munn, Jessica Chastain, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, among many others.

"It's very hard for us to speak righteously about the rest of anything if we haven't cleaned our own house", producer Shonda Rhimes told the Times.

Time's Up is a leaderless initiative created to help women of all industries.

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