Hollywood actresses launch Time's Up, to help fight sexual harassment at workplace

Hollywood actresses launch Time's Up, to help fight sexual harassment at workplace”

Emma Stone and Shonda Rhimes are amont the women who teamed up to create Time's Up, which aims to combat sexual harassment in the workplace.

The movement was spurred in part by a letter sent in November by the Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, an advocacy group representing hundreds of thousands of women who work in the agriculture sector, in support of Hollywood actors battling sexual assault.

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 defense fund, backed by $13 million in donations, to help less privileged women-like janitors, nurses and workers at farms, factories, restaurants and hotels-protect themselves from sexual misconduct and the fallout from reporting it.

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One of Time's Up major aspects is a legal defense fund for which the organization is now soliciting donations via a GoFundMe. It will be housed and administrated by the National Women's Law Center, and now has more than $13 million in donations.

A push to reach gender parity in Hollywood studios and talent agencies; and a call for women walking the red carpet at the Golden Globes to wear black as a sign of protest and solidarity.

Speaking to the New York Times, Shona Rhimes said "It's very hard for us to speak righteously about the rest of anything if we haven't cleaned our own house".

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.

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The meetings reportedly began in October, shortly after Harvey Weinstein was first accused of sexual assault.

Time's Up also vows to fight for 'a significant increase of women in positions of leadership and power across industries'.

The campaign comes after a slew of allegations of sexual misconduct against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein previous year sparked the #MeToo campaign, with women and men using social media to talk about their experiences of harassment.

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