Women Are Joining Together To Defeat Workplace Harassment

Posted January 03, 2018

After a bevy of sexual harassment allegations surfaced late a year ago, several powerful women in Hollywood have come together to combat the problem.

Though it has been spurred by the continuing allegations of sexual harassment and assault within Hollywood that have emerged after the initial exposure of producer Harvey Weinstein, the women say their focus is on women in workplace worldwide, including blue-collar ones.

The women said they are hoping to widen the attention being paid to Hollywood's scourge of sexual harassment and discrimination into a cultural shift.

Titled Time's Up, the project was announced via a display advertisement in the New York Times.

With an explicit thank you to those women for their call and support, the organizers from the entertainment industry behind the "Time's Up" effort say it's imperative to elevate the struggles of all working women.

The National Women's Law Center will house the fund and distribute resources, including lawyers and public relations professionals that will work with the Center's Legal Network for Gender Equity "to provide assistance to those ready to stand up", the fundraiser page said.

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Time's Up also wants to put forth legislation to penalize companies that turn a blind eye to harassment, as well as discourage nondisclosure agreements meant to keep victims quiet, according to the Times.

Since October, men and women have come forward to accuse prominent men in all industries of sexual harassment or misconduct.

In addition, it features a request that women "walking the red carpet at the Golden Globes speak out and raise awareness by wearing black".

The letter was signed by actresses such as Meryl Streep, Reese Witherspoon, Natalie Portman, and Kerry Washington.

Director Ava DuVernay, producer Kathleen Kennedy and dozens of actors, including America Ferrera, Emma Stone and Constance Wu, laid out the mission of Time's Up in an open letter. 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.