Three hundred prominent actresses and female Hollywood insiders have created a formal initiative to fight systemic sexual harassment in the entertainment industry and in blue-collar workplaces nationwide.
Called “Time’s Up,” the women include agents, writers, directors, producers and entertainment company executives. The effort was announced in advertisements in Monday’s New York Times and in the Spanish-language La Opinion newspaper.
The women are calling for people to wear black on the red carpet at the upcoming Golden Globes Awards, to speak out and raise awareness.
“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 letter said.
Already, $13 million had been collected for a legal defense fund to help less privileged women in the United States, workers at nursing homes, schools, farms, factories, restaurants and hotels, protect themselves from sexual misconduct and the fallout from reporting it, according to the advertisement.
“Time’s Up” is also calling for new laws to penalize companies that tolerate persistent harassment, and to discourage the use of nondisclosure agreements to silence victims.
In Hollywood, the group seeks gender parity at studios and talent agencies, and in the ad they claim to have already begun to make headway.
Monday’s open letter was signed by hundreds of women in show business, many of them described by The Times as Hollywood A-listers.
The Times reported that Hollywood stars Ashley Judd, Eva Longoria, America Ferrera, Natalie Portman, Rashida Jones, Emma Stone, Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon were behind the group, as were showrunner Jill Soloway; Donna Langley, chairwoman of Universal Pictures; and power lawyers Nina L. Shaw and Tina Tchen, who served as Michelle Obama’s chief of staff.
The timesupnow website declared: “TIME’S UP is a unified call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere. From movie sets to farm fields to boardrooms alike, we envision nationwide leadership that reflects the world in which we live. … No more silence. No more waiting. No more tolerance for discrimination, harassment or abuse.”
The drive, with no central leadership, was inspired in part by an open letter addressed to women in Hollywood sent in November by members of the National Farmworkers Women’s Alliance.
Half a day into the new year, the official @TimesUpNw Twitter handle had 2,300 followers.
— City News Service contributed to this report.
Time’s up on silence. Time’s up on waiting. Time’s up on tolerating discrimination, harassment and abuse. #TimesUp Sign the solidarity letter & donate to the @TIMESUPNW Legal Defense Fund: https://t.co/eTwKtOboIl pic.twitter.com/q8aok1HTGg
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) January 1, 2018
It’s time to shift the balance in the workplace, from representing the few to representing us all. Sign the #TIMESUP solidarity letter and donate to the #TIMESUP Legal Defense Fund right here: https://t.co/GNhkSnWIDb pic.twitter.com/a5oi2Sbaam
— TIME’S UP (@timesupnw) January 1, 2018
We stand in solidarity with Alianza Nacional de Campesinas and women across every industry to combat abuse, harassment, marginalization, and underrepresentation. The $13m @TIMESUPNW Legal Defense Fund is just the beginning. This is not a drill. #TIMESUP https://t.co/a0qtkachdJ pic.twitter.com/B5XGy37FCv
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) January 1, 2018
Open letter from Women in Hollywood starting #TimesUp Campaign, stating their mission and plan with the names of all supporting it at the end. Take a look at who is there AND NOT THERE. https://t.co/A0ohZHg595 pic.twitter.com/2U1UInwxdt
— Girls Really Rule. (@girlsreallyrule) January 1, 2018
The goals of the #TIMESUP initiative-
•A legal defense fund for less privileged populations who suffer workplace sexual harassment
•Legislation to stop a corporate atmosphere of harassment & ending NDA usage to silence victims
•Gender parity in the entertainment industry pic.twitter.com/V7OrlD5BVK
— Red T Raccoon (@RedTRaccoon) January 1, 2018
Dakota Johnson is part of #TIMESUP which is an ambitious, sprawling initiative to fight systemic sexual harassment in Hollywood and in blue-collar workplaces nationwide. So proud! pic.twitter.com/Pl8Ozbp8by
— dakota johnson (@dakotdaily) January 1, 2018
Emma and 300 prominent actresses and female agents, writers, directors, producers and entertainment executives have formed an ambitious, sprawling initiative to fight systemic sexual harassment in Hollywood #TIMESUP pic.twitter.com/MhnhvA8cTN
— emma stone (@badpostestone) January 1, 2018
I signed this letter of solidarity 2 stand with women across every industry: #TIMESUP. The @TIMESUPNOW Legal Defense Fund provides subsidized legal support across industries 2 those who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace. #DueProcess pic.twitter.com/NyTN7iKwuf
— Maggie Gyllenhaal (@mgyllenhaal) January 1, 2018
My first news read of 2018 & it’s damn good. #TimesUp paying it forward. Bravo @AmericaFerrera @EvaLongoria @kerrywashington @TinaTchen & Katie McGrath for providing anti-harassment legal services for women who can least afford them. 2018’s reckoning! https://t.co/lXfnTJrhpU
— María Teresa Kumar (@MariaTeresa1) January 1, 2018
— Brie Larson (@brielarson) January 1, 2018