More Than 300 Women In Hollywood Have Launched An Anti–Sexual Harassment Initiative

Shreemi Verma , 02 Jan 2018
Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep and Eva Longoria
Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep and Eva Longoria

Hundreds of writers, actresses, producers and directors who work in film, theater and television have come together to launch Time’s Up – an anti-sexual harassment initiative that addresses the systemic inequality and injustice in the workplace that have kept underrepresented groups from reaching their full potential. They partner with leading advocates for equality and safety to improve laws, employment agreements, and corporate policies; help change the face of corporate boardrooms and the C-suite; and enable more women and men to access the legal system to hold wrongdoers accountable.

This initiative was created after the #MeToo movement trended worldwide on social media for weeks. This movement began when one of Hollywood’s most powerful men, Harvey Weinstein was accused of rape, sexual harassment and assault.

The initiative’s members include Eva Longoria, Kerry Washington, Natalie Portman, Emma Stone, America Ferrera, and Rashida Jones among others. More than 500 donors, including Cate Blanchett, Reese Witherspoon, Shonda Rhimes, Steven Spielberg and Meryl Streep, have raised $13 million for the legal defense fund.

Here’s the mission statement of this movement –

The donations will be used for the legal aid required by victims in such cases. The website also helps in identifying sexual harassment and knowing your rights.

You can read up more on this movement here.

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