Published: Tue, January 02, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

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

The movement was formed after a deluge of allegations disrupted or ended the careers of powerful male leaders in entertainment and also in big business, politics and the media, sparked by the Harvey Weinstein Scandal.

The new initiative, called Time's Up, is being backed by prominent Hollywood women, including Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie Jennifer Aniston, Ashley Judd, America Ferrera, Natalie Portman, Emma Stone, Kerry Washington and hundreds of others, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Last month, the head of Ford Motor Company apologized to employees at two factories in Chicago and promised changes, after a scathing expose by the Times detailed pervasive harassment and mistreatment of women at the plants dating back to the 1990s.

The campaign includes a legal fund to help women protect themselves from sexual misconduct.

The Time's Up website details and defines what sexual harassment is, and what to do if it happens to you.

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

It's a response to an open letter published in November by Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, a female farmworkers advocacy group representing around 700,000 women, that expressed solidarity with women in the entertainment industry.

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.

Titled Time's Up, the project was announced via a display advertisement in the New York Times.

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