Hollywood actresses, writers launch project to fight sexual harassment

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M - More than 300 actresses, writers and directors have launched a project to help fight sexual harassment in the film industry and other workplaces, BBC reports.

"If this group of women can't fight for a model for other women who don't have as much power and privilege, then who can?" Rhimes told the New York Times.

Yet another goal is for major Hollywood studios and talent agencies to reach gender parity - "time's up on this impenetrable monopoly", the letter reads.

Other prominent women lending their names to the Time's Up cause are actresses Natalie Portman, America Ferrera, Amy Schumer, Halle Berry, Julianne Moore, Keira Knightley, Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Susan Sarandon, Uma Thurman and Viola Davis; producer Shonda Rhimes; Universal Pictures chair Donna Langley; feminist activist Gloria Steinem; lawyer and ex-Michelle Obama chief of staff Tina Tchen and Nike Foundation co-chair Maria Eitel. The group rapidly expanded and now includes meetings and workshops for participants in NY and London.

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In the wake of the accusations against the Hollywood honcho, the floodgates opened, and thousands of women began sharing their stories of sexual abuse with the media and on social platforms using the hashtag #MeToo.

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

Time's Up is backing the movement for women to wear black, in solidarity with those who have been sexually harassed, at Sunday's Golden Globes ceremony.

"For years, we've sold these awards shows as women, with our gowns and colors and our handsome faces and our glamour", she said.

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Time's Up has described the letter as "powerful", and said it will focus on lifting the "voices, power, and strength of women working in low-wage industries where the lack of financial stability makes them vulnerable". "That's not what this moment is about".

The money raised will be used to fund legal support for both female and male victims of sexual harassment at work.

Producer and legal defence fund donor Katie McGrath said that many women had realised from early on that they needed to establish what they wanted to achieve, "and what was going to be required in order to shift and pivot from this horror to structural change".

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