January 3, 2018
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The Time’s Up movement was announced Monday with the support of Hollywood’s heavy hitters. The movement is the result of years of systemic sexual harassment in Hollywood and in blue-collar workplaces nationwide. Beginning with a bolded “Dear Sisters,” … and closing with “In solidarity,” The open letter evokes passion, commitment, and even provokes anger from the reader. It is a strong call to action for both the victim and the predator.
One it of the letter reads,“The struggle for women to break in, to rise up the ranks and to simply be heard and acknowledged in male-dominated workplaces must end; time’s up on this impenetrable monopoly.”
According to the New York Times, the initiative includes:
— A legal defense fund, backed by $13 million in donations, to help less privileged women — like janitors, nurses and workers at farms, factories, restaurants, and hotels — protect themselves from sexual misconduct and the fallout from reporting it.
— Legislation to penalize companies that tolerate persistent harassment, and to discourage the use of nondisclosure agreements to silence victims.
— A drive to reach gender parity at studios and talent agencies that have already begun making headway.
— And a request that women walking the red carpet at the Golden Globes speak out and raise awareness by wearing black.
The New York Times also reports that Time’s Up is leaderless, run by volunteers and made up of working groups. One group oversaw the creation of a commission, led by Anita Hill and announced in December, that is tasked with creating a blueprint for ending sexual harassment in show business.
Celebrities involved with Time’s Up include producer and writer Shonda Rhimes, actresses America Ferrera, Ashley Judd, Eva Longoria, Natalie Portman, Rashida Jones, Emma Stone, Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon; the showrunner Jill Soloway; Donna Langley, chairwoman of Universal Pictures; the lawyers Nina L. Shaw and Tina Tchen, who served as Michelle Obama’s chief of staff; and Maria Eitel, an expert in corporate responsibility who is co-chairwoman of the Nike Foundation.
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