Sunday, 21 January, 2018

Hollywood women fight sexual abuse

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Madeline Patrick | 03 January, 2018, 01:09

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.

More than 300 top women in Hollywood - from Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence to Emma Thompson and Cate Blanchett - unveiled an initiative on Monday to tackle pervasive sexual harassment in workplaces, calling special attention to their "sisters" in less-than-glamorous blue-collar jobs.

"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 open letter states.

"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 organization is also advocating for gender parity at movie and television studios and other entertainment companies.

The Times Up movement is behind the call for every woman to wear black to the Golden Globes in a sign of solidarity with victims of sexual harassment who have come forth in the past several months. The group is leaderless and functions as a collection of working groups. 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.

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

"We remain committed to holding our own workplaces accountable, pushing for swift and effective change to make the entertainment industry a safe and equitable place for everyone", the letter reads. That's not what this moment is about.

Now, the women of Hollywood are taking it a step further and coming together for a new initiative, Time's Up.

'We're finally hearing each other, and seeing each other, and now locking arms in solidarity with each other, and in solidarity for every woman who doesn't feel seen, to be finally heard'.

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