Powerful Hollywood Women Launch Anti-Harassment Initiative

Women in Hollywood are welcoming the new year with resolution.

In response to the sexual harassment allegations that rocked the industry in 2017, and following Time Magazine’s announcement of the Silence Breakers as Person of the Year,  Reese Witherspoon, Eva Longoria, Shonda Rhimes, Ashley Judd and Natalie Portman and hundreds of others have unveiled Time’s Up, an initiative dedicated to confronting abuse of power and promoting workplace equality.

“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,” the group said in a statement. “Time’s up on this impenetrable monopoly.”

The campaign was launched in an open letter as a full-page advert in The New York Times, vowing support for women in less prominent fields of work.

The initiative will also feature a legal defense fund for both women and men who believe that they’ve been discriminated against or harassed in their workplace. It has vowed to push for legislation to strengthen laws on workplace harassment and discrimination.

“Time’s up on silence,” tweeted producer and participant Shonda Rimes in support of the campaign. “Time’s up on waiting.”

Initiated by a group of female agents in Hollywood, Time’s Up has about 300 members. Other high-profile supporters include Rashida Jones, Kerry Washington, Lena Waithe and America Ferrera; executives Donna Langely and Katie McGrath; creatives Melina Matsoukus and Jill Soloway; and lawyers Nina Shaw, Tina Tchen and Anita Hill.

Actress Viola Davis tweeted: “I stand with women across every industry to say #TIMESUP on abuse, harassment, marginalization and underrepresentation.”

Hoping to generate momentum, Time’s Up called for women to wear black at the upcoming Golden Globes as a sign of solidarity to the victims of sexual harassment who have come out over the last few months.