Hollywood Women on Offensive Against Sexual Abusers

Jay Jacobs
January 3, 2018

Ms Longoria told the New York Times: 'For years, we've sold these awards shows as women, with our gowns and colors and our lovely faces and our glamour.

"We remain committed to holding our own workplaces accountable, pushing for swift and effective change to make the entertainment industry a safe and equitable place for everyone", the letter reads. That's not what this moment is about'.

According to the New York Times, Time's Up was originally convened not long after the initial complaints against Weinstein emerged, and they have been working on a concrete program since then.

Among the specific steps it announced, Time's Up has established a legal defence fund that, in just 12 days, has raised US$13.4 million (S$17.8 million) towards a US$15 million goal aimed at providing legal aid for women and men who were sexually harassed, assaulted or abused in the workplace.

Revealing the plan in an open letter, which also ran as a full-page ad in the New York Times - includes a "legislation to penalise companies that tolerate persistent harassment, and to discourage the use of nondisclosure agreements to silence victims", and a "drive to reach gender parity at studios and talent agencies that has already begun making headway".

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Ms Witherspoon added: 'We have been siloed off from each other.

"We have been siloed off from each other", Reese Witherspoon said. "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".

As such the fund gives special focus to low-wage agriculture workers, housekeepers, janitors, factory workers and waitresses. The fund will be administrated by National Women's Law Center, a national women's rights legal organization. Among those participating are director Ava DuVernay, producer Kathleen Kennedy, and actors Natalie Portman, Reese Witherspoon, Cate Blanchett, Eva Longoria and America Ferrera. "It's time to do something about it", the group's website declares.

Since October, men and women have come forward to accuse prominent men in all industries of sexual harassment or misconduct.

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