Powerful Hollywood Women Have United To Unveil A Sexual Harassment Action Plan

Tomas Mccoy
January 3, 2018

Aniston was on hand at the ELLE's Women in Hollywood event in October when her friend confessed her own tragic experiences when she was just 16-years-old.

"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", said the letter.

More than 300 Hollywood elite, including Shonda Rhimes, Emma Stone and Reese Witherspoon, have joined forces for Time's Up, a new initiative aiming to fight sexual harassment and assault in the workplace.

"Countless farmworker women across our country suffer in silence because of the widespread sexual harassment and assault that they face at work", the alliance's letter read.

The group established a legal fund administered by the National Women's Law Center and led by Tina Tchen, former chief of staff to Michelle Obama, and noted attorney Roberta Kaplan, who is representing one of the women who have accused producer Brett Ratner of sexual harassment and abuse.


Backing legislation to penalise companies which tolerate harassment or participate in the cover-up of systemic sexual misconduct. Signatories include actresses America Ferrera, Rashida Jones, Ashley Judd, Eva Longoria, Natalie Portman, Kerry Washington, and Reese Witherspoon, as well as showrunners Shonda Rhimes and Jill Soloway.

A request that women walking the red carpet at the Golden Globes wear black to raise awareness for the issue.

As the Times reports, the group is "leaderless, run by volunteers and made up of working groups"-each of which focusing on different areas of the problem or specific populations under threat". For years, we've sold these awards shows as women, with our gowns and colours and our attractive 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.

The campaign was brought into the public eye on Monday with full-page adverts in the Times, which helped expose allegations of abuse against Harvey Weinstein, and Spanish-language newspaper La Opinion.

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