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Women of Hollywood join forces to combat sexual harassment with Time's Up

03 January 2018

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In November, a group of more than 700,000 female farmworkers sent the women of Hollywood a powerful letter of solidarity recognizing the plight of all women subject to sexual mistreatment in the workplace, but asking those in the spotlight to not overlook those who toil in the shadows of sprawling industries like food production, hospitality, restaurants, and elsewhere.

Television producer Shonda Rhimes and actresses Natalie Portman and America Ferrera are among the supporters.

The women said they are hoping to widen the attention being paid to Hollywood's scourge of sexual harassment and discrimination into a cultural shift.

"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 says.

Time's Up also vows to fight for 'a significant increase of women in positions of leadership and power across industries'.

Time's Up was officially unveiled Monday in a story by The New York Times, though the group was formed not long after the first round of allegations against former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein came to light in October. Examples of this included forcing women to watch him masturbate and asking for massages during business meetings.

The initiative has already raised more than $13 million for a legal defense fund that would help women protect themselves from sexual misconduct, as well as seeking legislation to penalize companies that turn a blind eye to harassment. Time's Up also will work with with organizations and individuals that advocate for equality.

"We fervently urge the media covering disclosures by people in Holywood to spend equal time on the myriad of experiences of individuals working in less glamourized and valorized trades", a message posted on the group's website read.

'This time the industry can't expect us to go up and twirl around.

"The clock has run out on sexual assault, harassment and inequality in the workplace".

The initiative has been described as a "unified call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere".

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Women of Hollywood join forces to combat sexual harassment with Time's Up