Hollywood women launch anti-harassment campaign aimed at helping blue-collar workers, too

Tonya Becker
January 3, 2018

"Time's Up" aims to get new laws to tackle the problem in workplaces.

Among the specific steps it announced, Time's Up has established a legal defence fund that, in just 12 days, has raised US$13.4 million (S$17.8 million) towards a US$15 million goal aimed at providing legal aid for women and men who were sexually harassed, assaulted or abused in the workplace.

They launched "Time's Up", a campaign to eliminate harassment culture.

"Even though we work in very different environments, we share a common experience of being preyed upon by individuals who have the power to hire, fire, blacklist and otherwise threaten our economic, physical and emotional security", the letter, published in November, said.


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.

"Like you, there are few positions available to us and reporting any kind of harm or injustice committed against us doesn't seem like a viable option".

Several females in the industry have donated to the legal defense fund, including the incomparable Taylor Swift, who faced her who sexual harassment trial back in August.

Time's Up also wants to put forth legislation to penalize companies that turn a blind eye to harassment, as well as discourage nondisclosure agreements meant to keep victims quiet, according to the Times. It will be housed and administrated by the National Women's Law Center, and now has more than $13 million in donations.


In addition, it features a request that women "walking the red carpet at the Golden Globes speak out and raise awareness by wearing black".

"If this group of women can't fight for a model for other women who don't have as much power and privilege", Rhimes told the Times, "then who can?"

Time's Up members include actresses Cate Blanchett, Ashley Judd, Natalie Portman and Meryl Streep, Universal Pictures chair Donna Langley, feminist writer Gloria Steinem, lawyer and ex-Michelle Obama chief of staff Tina Tchen and Nike Foundation co-chair Maria Eitel.

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


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