More than 300 women in the entertainment industry, including Emma Stone, Shonda Rhimes, and Reese Witherspoon, have launched an initiative to combat sexual harassment and assault in the workplace.
Time's Up, announced Monday via a full-page ad in The New York Times and La Opinion, is a "unified call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere." It "addresses the systematic inequality and injustice in the workplace that have kept underrepresented groups from reaching their full potential."
The launch comes after a year of sexual misconduct allegations led to the fall of 49 powerful men, including Hollywood honcho Harvey Weinstein. The meeting for Time's Up started in October, shortly after Weinstein was first accused of sexual assault.
One of the major aspects of the initiative is a legal defense fund that will provide subsidized legal support for women and men who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace and while in the pursuit of their careers.
"We want all survivors of sexual harassment, everywhere, to be heard, to be believed, and to know that accountability is possible," the letter read.
"To every woman employed in agriculture who has had to fend off unwanted sexual advances from her boss . . . every waitress grabbed by a customer and expected to take it with a smile . . . We stand with you. We support you."
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