Hundreds Of Hollywood Women Are Saying 'Time's Up' To Sexual Harassment In 2018

"We stand with you. We support you."

The fight against sexual harassment in Hollywood gained momentum in 2017, but it's only the beginning. On New Year's Day, more than 300 women in the entertainment industry announced a new initiative called Time's Up, which seeks to address harassment and inequality in workplaces around the country.

The movement was announced on Monday with an open letter published in the New York Times and Spanish-language newspaper La Opinion

"We want all survivors of sexual harassment, everywhere, to be heard, to be believed, and to know that accountability is possible," reads the letter, which is also a response to 700,000 female farmworkers who wrote to share their solidarity with Hollywood.

According to the New York Times, the initiative includes a legal defense fund for survivors, which has already raised $13 million. E! News reports that Taylor Swift, who promised to support victims of harassment and assault following her own experience, is among the movement's donors.

The initiative also includes legislation to punish companies that tolerate harassment and end nondisclosure agreements, as well as a movement toward gender parity in entertainment. In December, Anita Hill was named chairperson for the Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace.

As previously announced, women are also encouraged to wear black on the red carpet at this Sunday's Golden Globe Awards, to show solidarity and raise awareness for the issue.

"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," the movement's letter reads.

On Monday, a number of major Hollywood stars — including Amber Tamblyn, Reese Witherspoon, and America Ferrera — tweeted about Time's Up. But you don't have to be a Hollywood star to show your support for the movement. The website encourages everyone to add their own name to the letter and donate to the legal defense fund via GoFundMe.

"It's very hard for us to speak righteously about the rest of anything if we haven't cleaned our own house," TV producer Shonda Rhimes said, according to the New York Times. "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?"

See more tweets of support for the #TimesUp movement below:


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