Friday, 22 June, 2018

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

Ella Tate | 03 January, 2018, 02:01

In Hollywood, more than 1,000 prominent actresses, writers and directors have launched a project aimed at combating sexual abuse and harassment in the film industry, reports Democracy Now on Tuesday. As of Monday afternoon, the fund, which will be used to represent women in sexual harassment cases, had raised almost $14 million toward a $15 million goal on its GoFundMe page.

Galvanized by the heightened focus on sexual harassment, 300 actresses, directors, producers, agents and other notable women in the entertainment industry are banding together to fight such abuses not only in Hollywood, but also in low-income jobs across the U.S.

In November, a group of more than 700,000 female farmworkers sent the women of Hollywood a powerful letter of solidarity recognizing the plight of all women subject to sexual mistreatment in the workplace, but asking those in the spotlight to not overlook those who toil in the shadows of sprawling industries like food production, hospitality, restaurants, and elsewhere. The fund will be administrated by National Women's Law Center, a national women's rights legal organization.

Legislation to penalize companies that tolerate persistent harassment, and to discourage the use of nondisclosure agreements to silence victims.

And a request that women walking the red carpet at the Golden Globes speak out and raise awareness by wearing black.

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He's making $6.5 million annually to talk about football, and not have the insane stress that comes with being an NFL head coach. According to the ESPN report, the Raiders' offer to Gruden could include an ownership stake in the team.

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".

The newspaper also listed Ashley Judd, Eva Longoria, America Ferrera, Natalie Portman, Rashida Jones, Emma Stone, Kerry Washington, Jennifer Lawrence and Reese Witherspoon among the initiative's supporters. Powered by women, TIME'S UP addresses the systemic inequality and injustice in the workplace that have kept underrepresented groups from reaching their full potential.

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

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

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