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Women of Hollywood join forces to combat sexual harassment with Time's Up

03 January 2018

"I stand with ALL WOMEN across every industry to say #TIMESUP on abuse, harassment, marginalization and underrepresentation", tweeted Witherspoon who won an Oscar for the Johnny Cash biopic "Walk the Line". By early Tuesday the initiative, also backed by Eva Longoria and Emma Stone, had raised almost $14 million of a $15 million target for a legal fund to help victims of sexual harassment in the workplace.

In Hollywood, more than 1,000 prominent actresses, writers and directors have launched a project aimed at combating sexual abuse and harassment in the film industry, reports Democracy Now on Tuesday.

The initiative comes following the response from 700,000 female farmworkers, who wrote to Time Magazine in November in solidarity with the men and women of Hollywood who had come forward.

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.

You can read the full letter here and donate to the legal defense fund here.

The fund will be housed at and administered by the National Women's Law Center, a women's rights legal organization, and managed by Christina M. Tchen, former Chief of Staff to Michelle Obama.

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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.

Hollywood stars including Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Chastain and Natalie Portman have backed a campaign against sexual harassment called Time's Up as donations flood in for a multi-million dollar legal fund to fight abuse cases in the workplace.

"We just reached this conclusion in our heads that, damn it, everything is possible", Rhimes told the Times.

The group insisted that more women must be brought into positions of power and leadership, while every woman should have equal benefits, opportunities, pay and representation.

The letter acknowledges the privilege of Hollywood women, who have seen their own industry reckon with harassment in recent months, and expresses solidarity with workers who lack the resources to hold perpetrators accountable.