More than 1,000 women in Hollywood and the sprawling entertainment industry are fighting back against harassment.
The Time’s Up initiative officially launched on Monday (1 January). Led by women, the organization ‘addresses the systemic inequality and injustice in the workplace that have kept underrepresented groups from reaching their full potential’.
The coalition first started forming soon after the allegations against Harvey Weinstein came to light. Several women, from Lupita Nyong’o to Salma Hayek and Cara Delevingne and more, accused the Hollywood mogul of inappropriate behavior.
This led to people across the board speaking up about their experiences with sexual harassment and assault.
Heavyweight names lending their support
A lot of well-known figures signed the letter of solidarity and donated in support. These figures include the likes of Reese Witherspoon, Shonda Rhimes, Gillian Anderson, and beyond.
I stand with ALL WOMEN across every industry to say #TIMESUP on abuse, harassment, marginalization and underrepresentation. Join me! Sign the statement of solidarity & donate to the @TIMESUPNW Legal Defense Fund: https://t.co/7FofMhTaUJ pic.twitter.com/vEB3jYCRgD
— Reese Witherspoon (@ReeseW) January 1, 2018
Time's up on silence. Time's up on waiting. Time's up on tolerating discrimination, harassment and abuse. #TimesUp Sign the solidarity letter & donate to the @TIMESUPNW Legal Defense Fund: https://t.co/eTwKtOboIl pic.twitter.com/q8aok1HTGg
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) January 1, 2018
Time's up on silence. Time's up on tolerating. I stand with women across every industry to say #TIMESUP on abuse, harassment, marginalization and underrepresentation. Sign the statement of solidarity & donate to @timesupnw Legal Defense Fund: https://t.co/l2TQSC5N5g pic.twitter.com/JvOOq0aXms
— Gillian Anderson (@GillianA) January 1, 2018
Major donors to the cause include Witherspoon, Rhimes, Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg, and more.
Anyone can donate and join at the GoFundMe, which is ‘wrecking’ actor America Ferrar (in the best way).
These donations from all of you are wrecking me 😭. THANK YOU for standing up to say: #TIMESUP – The @TIMESUPNW Legal Defense Fund provides subsidized legal support across industries to those who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse: https://t.co/bvd371K7Pf pic.twitter.com/WfVR6DJxOX
— America Ferrera (@AmericaFerrera) January 1, 2018
How it works
As detailed in the New York Times official unveiling, the organization is leaderless. Instead, it’s run by various groups focusing on certain aspects of lifting up women.
One group is 50/50 by 2020, which aims to see gender equality in Hollywood leadership roles by the year 2020.
Another one includes writer and actor Lena Waithe (Master of None) and focuses on LGBTQ inclusion. ‘No one wants to look back and say they stood at the sidelines,’ Waithe said.
Lawyer Tina Tchen is the head of the organization’s Legal Defense Fund. This program connects victims of sexual harassment with lawyers.
Going beyond Hollywood
Time’s up Letter in Solidarity is based on the original letter from 700,000 female farmworkers in November.
The #MeToo movement often overlooks women’s experiences with sexual harassment in less glamorous industries.
The letter and organization seeks to address this problem.
‘We also recognize our privilege and the fact that we have access to enormous platforms to amplify our voices,’ it reads. ‘Both of which have drawn and driven widespread attention to the exisistence of this problem in our industry that farmworker women and countless individuals employed in other industries have not been afforded.’
As Time’s Up mission states, the objectives focus on ‘movie sets to farm fields to boardrooms alike’.