Hollywood Stars Front Campaign Against Sexual Harassment

Hollywood Stars Front Campaign Against Sexual Harassment

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.

"To every woman employed in agriculture who has had to fend off unwanted sexual advances from her boss.every waitress grabbed by a customer and expected to take it with a smile".

"Like you, there are few positions available to us and reporting any kind of harm or injustice committed against us doesn't seem like a viable option".

You can read the full letter here and donate to the legal defense fund here.

The goal is to provide subsidized legal support to those who have faced harassment or assault in the workplace. The fund will be administrated by National Women's Law Center, a national women's rights legal organization.

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.

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And it calls on women to wear black at Sunday's Golden Globes as a statement against gender and racial inequality, as well as raise awareness about the group's efforts.

The initiative was announced Monday in an open letter of solidarity addressed primarily to working-class women and signed by hundreds of women in Hollywood, including A-list actresses Kerry Washington, Ashley Judd, Reese Witherspoon, Eva Longoria, Emma Stone, America Ferrera and Natalie Portman; producers Shonda Rhimes and Jill Soloway; Universal Pictures executive Donna Langley; and lawyers Nina L. Shaw and Tina Tchen.

While the group announced itself to the world this week, meetings actually began back in October and have been taking place weekly ever since.

"If this group of women can't fight for a model for other women who don't have as much power and privilege", Rhimes told the Times, "then who can?"

The campaign comes after a slew of allegations of sexual misconduct against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein previous year sparked the #MeToo campaign, with women and men using social media to talk about their experiences of harassment.

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