Reese Witherspoon and Shonda Rhimes are among the more than 300 prominent women in Hollywood who have launched an initiative to combat sexual harassment in Tinseltown and beyond.
Time’s Up, as it’s called, was formally announced Monday with an open letter and a full-page ad in the New York Times and Spanish-language newspaper La Opinion. Several of its key players also took to social media to spread the word.
I stand with ALL WOMEN across every industry to say #TIMESUP on abuse, harassment, marginalization and underrepresentation. Join me! Sign the statement of solidarity & donate to the @TIMESUPNW Legal Defense Fund: https://t.co/7FofMhTaUJ pic.twitter.com/vEB3jYCRgD— Reese Witherspoon (@RWitherspoon) January 1, 2018
Time's up on silence. Time's up on waiting. Time's up on tolerating discrimination, harassment and abuse. #TimesUp Sign the solidarity letter & donate to the @TIMESUPNW Legal Defense Fund: https://t.co/eTwKtOboIl pic.twitter.com/q8aok1HTGg— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) January 1, 2018
The initiative includes a legal defense fund to help women protect themselves from sexual misconduct, as well as proposed legislation to penalize negligent companies and to abate the use of nondisclosure agreements.
The group is pushing to reach gender parity at Hollywood studios and talent agencies and has called for women walking the red carpet at the upcoming Golden Globes to wear black as a sign of unity and to help raise awareness.
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