Sexual Harassment Prevention Initiative Time’s Up Launched by Hollywood Women
The #MeToo movement has given rise to #TimesUp, an initiative by 300 prominent women in the entertainment industry to fight sexual harassment and gender disparity in every workplace across the country from “movie sets to farm fields to boardrooms alike.”
More than 300 actresses, writers and directors have launched a project to help fight sexual harassment in the film industry and other workplaces.
The initiative, which is called Time’s Up, was announced via a full-page advert printed in the New York Times.
The Hollywood project is described as a “unified call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere”.
It comes in the wake of sexual abuse allegations by high-profile actresses against film producer Harvey Weinstein.
Shonda Rhimes and Reese Witherspoon are among the key players of the effort, which includes a legal defense fund to help women in blue-collar industries and the call for women to wear black to the Golden Globes.
Three hundred prominent Hollywood women — including Shonda Rhimes, Reese Witherspoon, Ashley Judd, America Ferrera, Natalie Portman, Emma Stone, Kerry Washington, Jill Soloway and Donna Langley — have launched an initiative to fight systemic sexual harassment in the workplace.
Called Time’s Up, the plan includes a legal defense fund to help women in blue-collar industries protect themselves from sexual misconduct, support for the “50/50 by 2020” effort to bring gender parity to the executive suites at Hollywood studios and talent agencies, and the call forwomen to wear black to the upcoming Golden Globe Awards as a sign of solidarity with victims of sexual harassment.
The New York Timesreports that though Time’s Up has no central leaders, it is made up of numerous committees and includes Rhimes and Witherspoon among the key players, and its initiatives — which also includes the anti-sexual harassment commission unveiled last month and chaired by Anita Hill — cover legislation, corporate policy, hiring practices and aggregating important resources.
Well-known contributors to the defense fund, currently accepting donations on the GoFundMe platform, include Ava DuVernay, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, Regina King, Felicity Huffman, Megan Ellison, Kate Hudson, Viola Davis, Alicia Vikander, Amy Poehler, Olivia Munn, Taylor Swift and Jessica Chastain, among many others.
…Time’s Up was established as a response to the deluge of sexual assault and harassment allegations that have emerged in recent months, beginning with the decades of accounts involving producer Harvey Weinstein. it was also inspired by November’s open letter to women in Hollywood by members of the National Farmworkers Women’s Alliance, who pledged their support for the victims who came forward against Weinstein and other prominent men.
The initiative launched Monday with an open letter to women in working-class sectors and signed by hundreds of women in Hollywood.
In addition to being published on the initiative’s website, The New York Times reports that the letter also ran as a full-page ad in its paper as well as in La Opinion, a Spanish-language publication.