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Hollywood actresses, writers launch project to fight sexual harassment

03 January 2018

In November, a group of more than 700,000 female farmworkers sent the women of Hollywood a powerful letter of solidarity recognizing the plight of all women subject to sexual mistreatment in the workplace, but asking those in the spotlight to not overlook those who toil in the shadows of sprawling industries like food production, hospitality, restaurants, and elsewhere.

The initiative, which is called Time's Up, was announced via a full-page advert printed in the New York Times.

Speaking to the New York Times, Shona Rhimes said "It's very hard for us to speak righteously about the rest of anything if we haven't cleaned our own house".

Judd and other high-profile women said that the Time's Up initiatives will include a legal defense fund to help women in farm jobs and blue-collar positions, drafting legislation to punish companies that tolerate sexual harassment, and push for gender parity in Hollywood companies such as studios and talent agencies.

The group established a legal fund administered by the National Women's Law Center and led by Tina Tchen, former chief of staff to Michelle Obama, and noted attorney Roberta Kaplan, who is representing one of the women who have accused producer Brett Ratner of sexual harassment and abuse.

Emma Stone and Shonda Rhimes are amont the women who teamed up to create Time's Up, which aims to combat sexual harassment in the workplace.

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'We're finally hearing each other, and seeing each other, and now locking arms in solidarity with each other, and in solidarity for every woman who doesn't feel seen, to be finally heard'.

The plan gives special focus to low-wage agriculture workers, housekeepers, janitors, factory workers and waitresses. It will be housed and administrated by the National Women's Law Center, and now has more than $13 million in donations.

The goal is to provide subsidized legal support to those who have faced harassment or assault in the workplace.

Television producer Shonda Rhimes and actresses Natalie Portman and America Ferrera are among the supporters.

The group is leaderless and is instead run by a series of working groups each dedicated to bringing about part of the mission statement.

Hollywood actresses, writers launch project to fight sexual harassment