The women are using their celebrity to push forward a comprehensive anti-harassment action plan that has the ability to reach industries everywhere.
Ever since the #MeToo movement took off late last year, a lot of work has been done to raise awareness about sexual harassment while exposing sexually abusive men in power. Now, women in Hollywood want to make sure the movement has no sign of losing steam in 2018. A group of powerful females from the entertainment business unveiled an anti-harassment plan that could help women across not just their industry, but every industry, according to the New York Times.
Called Time's Up, the movement and its initiatives include a legal defense fund, which has already received $13 million in donations to help low-income women defend themselves against their harassers. The group is also pushing to create legislation to support women in blue-collar jobs who have experienced sexual abuse in the workplace. (Related: This New Survey Highlights the Prevalence of Workplace Sexual Harassment)
Finally, there will be a push for equal pay for people of all genders across Hollywood—something that was fueled by several incidents of salary disparity, including Catt Sadler's decision to leave E! News after learning her male cohost earned double what she was receiving.
So far, Time's Up is being supported by 300 prominent female agents, writers, directors, and producers, including Shonda Rhimes, Ashley Judd, Eva Longoria, America Ferrera, Natalie Portman, Rashida Jones, Emma Stone, Kerry Washington, Reese Witherspoon, Transparent's Jill Soloway, Universal Pictures chairwoman Donna Langley, lawyer Nina L. Shaw, and Michelle Obama's chief of staff Tina Tchen.
Our letter of solidarity as a full page in the @nytimes ! #TIMESUP my Dear Sisters, reSisters, perSisters! Stand with women across every industry in saying: #TIMESUP. The @TIMESUPNOW Legal Defense Fund provides subsidized legal support across industries to those who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace. Join me! Read the letter, sign & donate: Link in bio.
Together, the women have also requested that everyone invited to walk the Golden Globes red carpet wear black to show their support for the causes. (Related: Men Will Also Wear All Black to the Golden Globes In Support of the #MeToo Movement)
"This is a moment of solidarity, not a fashion moment," said Longoria. "For years, we've sold these awards shows as women, with our gowns and colors and our beautiful faces and our glamour. This time the industry can't expect us to go up and twirl around. That's not what this moment is about."
"We have been siloed off from each other," added Witherspoon, who recently spoke out about being sexually assaulted at 16. "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."
Learn more about Time's Up and how you can get involved.