Laura Dern (far left), Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Reese Witherspoon are all part of the movement Image: Twitter
The biggest names in Hollywood have made a move to fight systematic harassment on all levels. A-listers such as Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, Jennifer Aniston, Ashley Judd, America Ferrera, Natalie Portman, Emma Stone, Kerry Washington and hundreds of others, have started an anti-harassment fund worth $13 million.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new initiative, backed by these prominent Hollywood women, is called Time's Up.
The initiative was formally unveiled in a story by The New York Times, and its mission was laid out in an open letter signed by hundreds of women in show business. Time's Up will include a legal defence fund for victims across different industries, backed by USD 13 million in donations, and will advocate for legislation combating workplace harassment.
The clock’s been ticking on the abuse of power. Stand in solidarity with women across every industry to say #TIMESUP on abuse, harassment, and assault. #TIMESUP on oppression and marginalization. #TIMESUP on misrepresentation and underrepresentation. Sign the solidarity letter and donate to the #TIMESUP Legal Defense Fund. Link in bio.
Donors for the legal defence funds include Katie McGrath and JJ Abrams, Jennifer Aniston, Meryl Streep, Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg's Wunderkinder Foundation.
It was announced a few weeks ago, that actors will turn up in black at the upcoming Golden Globes Awards, to be held this January. Turns out, it is a part of the Time's Up movement.
"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," the open letter stated.
The movement also launched the Commission on Eliminating Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace in mid December. Led by Anita Hill, the commission seeks to create safe and more equitable work environments, especially since the darker side of Hollywood's cycle of sexual intimidation was extensively revealed in recent times.
Movie moghul Harvey Weinstein became synonymous with sexual harassment after The New York Times exposed his history of predatory behaviour against women in October last year, and more than 40 famous names came out accusing Weinstein of sexual misconduct.
The scandal had a domino effect in Hollywood with many powerful men such as Brett Ratner, James Toback, Kevin Spacey and Jeremy Piven facing similar career-ending accusations.