Top Hollywood women launch anti-harassment plan

Ashley Judd

"Harassment too often persists because perpetrators and employers never face any consequences", read the letter of solidarity.

In announcing the campaign on Monday, the group alluded to the string of allegations of sexual assault, harassment and other offenses involving powerful men in the film, TV and media industries, while expressing solidarity with women in blue-collar jobs.

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.

Those celebrities backing Time's Up include Reese Witherspoon, Ellen Page, Brie Larson, Natalie Portman, Kerry Washington, Shonda Rhimes, Eva Longoria, Ashley Judd, America Ferrera, Emma Stone, Rashida Jones, and more.

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. The group is leaderless and functions as a collection of working groups.

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The meetings reportedly began in October, shortly after Harvey Weinstein was first accused of sexual assault.

A push to reach gender parity in Hollywood studios and talent agencies; and a call for women walking the red carpet at the Golden Globes to wear black as a sign of protest and solidarity.

"For years, we've sold these awards shows as women, with our gowns and colors and our handsome faces and our glamour", she said.

"To the members of Alianza and farmworker women across the country, we see you, we thank you and we acknowledge the heavy weight of our common experience of being preyed upon, harassed and exploited by those who abuse their power and threaten our physical and economic security", Time's Up said.

Producer and legal defence fund donor Katie McGrath said that many women had realised from early on that they needed to establish what they wanted to achieve, "and what was going to be required in order to shift and pivot from this horror to structural change".

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