To start 2018 the right way, 300 women in Hollywood, including famous actors, writers, producers, and director, have teamed up to fight sexual harassment. The new initiative, which is called Time's Up, aims to halt systemic sexual harassment in places of work across America.
The initiative was announced in the New York Times on Monday, with an open letter signed by hundreds of women in Hollywood including Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, Emma Stone, Eva Longoria, America Ferrera, Rashida Jones, Ashley Judd, and Shonda Rhimes. These women are using their platform to put an end to sexual harassment in workplaces everywhere, not just in the entertainment industry, and the aim is to put their action plan into motion in 2018.
One of the key tenets of Time's Up involves a new legal defense fund, which has already received $13 million in donations. This money will be used to support less privileged women in professions which may not receive the legal support or representation they need to counter any sexual harassment they experience at work.
Of the movement, Shonda Rhimes told the New York Times, "If this group of women can’t fight for a model for other women who don’t have as much power and privilege, then who can?"
The open letter in the New York Times 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."
Time’s Up has also encouraged women to wear black at the Golden Globes this weekend, as a sign of solidarity. Instead of discussing outfits, everyone has been urged to utilize the red carpet to speak out against gender and racial inequality, and to highlight the necessity of Time's Up.