New year, new world? Hopefully.
Some of Hollywood’s biggest female stars have banded together to take on sexual harassment.
It emerges after a wave of scandals have broken in the entertainment industry, following allegations made against prominent Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein.
Over 300 directors, entertainment executives, writers and actresses, such as Natalie Portman, Reece Witherspoon, and Cate Blanchett, have helped launch “Time’s up”, an anti-harassment action plan.
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
The initiative will help women who have been sexually harassed get access to legal aid, with the group having already raised $13US million at the time of publication, with hopes of reaching its $15 million goal.
In a letter published on the group’s website, Time’s Up wrote, “We write on behalf of over 300 women who work in film, television and theatre”.
“Now, unlike ever before, our access to the media and to important decision makers has the potential of leading to real accountability and consequences.”
“We want all survivors of sexual harassment, everywhere to be heard, to be believed, and to know that accountability is possible.”
The group also called for a major increase in the number of women in positions of leadership.
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