Hollywood women announce initiative to fight sexual harassment in all workplaces

03 January, 2018, 02:03 | Author: Rachel Mcdaniel
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"TIME'S UP is a unified call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere", the initiative's website reads.

Time's Up includes a legal defense fund that has so far raised some $13.4 million of its $15 million goal to provide subsidized legal support to women and men who were sexually harassed, assaulted or abused in the workplace.

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.

'This time the industry can't expect us to go up and twirl around.

The initiative, which is called Time's Up, was announced via a full-page advert printed in the New York Times. The campaign with hashtag #timesup will also push for legislation to penalise companies that tolerate harassment and to discourage the use of nondisclosure agreements to silence victims, according to the New York Times.

Ms Witherspoon added: 'We have been siloed off from each other.

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Several other women who have donated amongst Swift include Jessica Biel, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, Stacey Snider, Dana Walden, Regina King, Felicity Huffman, Megan Ellison, Kate Hudson, Viola Davis, Ava DuVernay, Alicia Vikander, Amy Poehler, Olivia Munn, Jessica Chastain, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, among many others.

As such the fund gives special focus to low-wage agriculture workers, housekeepers, janitors, factory workers and waitresses.

"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.

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.

The group is leaderless and is instead run by a series of working groups each dedicated to bringing about part of the mission statement.


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