Hollywood women launch anti-harassment campaign aimed at helping blue-collar workers, too

Hollywood women launch anti-harassment campaign aimed at helping blue-collar workers, too

The legal fund is just one focus of a wider initiative called Times Up, reportedly started by four female agents at CAA.

After a bevy of sexual harassment allegations surfaced late a year ago, several powerful women in Hollywood have come together to combat the problem.

The letter, which is aimed at "every woman... who has had to fend off sexual advances", goes on to say that such harassment can often continue because "perpetrators and employers never face any consequences".

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The letter said: "We particularly want to lift up the voices, power and strength of women working in low-wage industries where the lack of financial stability makes them vulnerable to high rates of gender-based violence and exploitation".

Drafting of legislation to punish companies that tolerate sexual harassment and to discourage nondisclosure agreements in such cases.

One of Time's Up major aspects is a legal defense fund for which the organization is now soliciting donations via a GoFundMe.

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A legal defense fund, backed by $13 million in donations, to help less privileged women-like janitors, nurses and workers at farms, factories, restaurants and hotels-protect themselves from sexual misconduct and the fallout from reporting it. Among those participating are director Ava DuVernay, producer Kathleen Kennedy, and actors Natalie Portman, Reese Witherspoon, Cate Blanchett, Eva Longoria and America Ferrera.

The goal is to provide subsidized legal support to those who have faced harassment or assault in the workplace.

Producer Shonda Rhimes is also a prominent member, alongside showrunner Jill Soloway; Donna Langley, the chairwoman of Universal Pictures; lawyer Nina L. Shaw; and Maria Eitel, an expert in corporate responsibility who is co-chairwoman of the Nike Foundation. Powered by women, TIME'S UP addresses the systemic inequality and injustice in the workplace that have kept underrepresented groups from reaching their full potential.

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While the group announced itself to the world this week, meetings actually began back in October and have been taking place weekly ever since.

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