On the 1st of January, 300 women who work in film, television and theatre kicked off the Time’s Up campaign.
The campaign was announced through a full-page ad in the New York Times which was a solidarity letter from all 300 women.
The open letter says that the Time’s Up campaign has been launched “for all victims and survivors to be able to access justice and support for the wrongdoing they have endured.”
The letter was inspired by the 700,000 female farmworkers who signed a solidarity letter in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
In this letter, the women state:
“We have similarly suppressed the violence and demeaning harassment for fear that we will be attacked and ruined in the process of speaking. We share your feelings of anger and shame. We harbour fear that no one will believe us, that we will look weak or that we will be dismissed; and we are terrified that we will be fired or never hired again in retaliation.”
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/nhagdfGvVd pic.twitter.com/jUfFy4d04S
— Ellen Page (@EllenPage) January 1, 2018
From the wonderfully brave women of the farmer’s union to these incredible strong women of entertainment. Take the time to read. It’s worth it. We are one tribe, standing in solidarity now. #TimesUp https://t.co/Dy6IBxyzOh
— Uzo Aduba (@UzoAduba) January 1, 2018
Many of the film-stars have since started using their influence on social media as a way of spreading the word about the Time’s Up campaign.
One of the aims is to set up a defence fund which will be used to help victims of workplace harassment in less privileged positions.
Their initial aim was to raise $13million, which they have since reached, their new goal is to raise $15 million.
Other initiatives include legalising the penalisation of companies that tolerate persistent harassment, and to discourage the use of nondisclosure agreements to silence victims.
They will also continue driving to reach gender parity at studios and talent agencies. There has already been some headway made in this area.
A request that women walking the red carpet at the Golden Globes speak out and raise awareness by wearing black has also been announced.
— Lena Waithe (@LenaWaithe) January 1, 2018
Other Time’s Up members include the actresses Ashley Judd, Eva Longoria, America Ferrera, Natalie Portman, Rashida Jones, Emma Stone, Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon; the showrunner Jill Soloway; Donna Langley, chairwoman of Universal Pictures; the lawyers Nina L. Shaw and Tina Tchen, who served as Michelle Obama’s chief of staff; and Maria Eitel, an expert in corporate responsibility who is co-chairwoman of the Nike Foundation.
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