Published: Tue, January 02, 2018
Medicine | By Melba Vasquez

Hollywood Stars Front Campaign Against Sexual Harassment

The campaign includes a legal fund to help women protect themselves from sexual misconduct.

Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep and Natalie Portman are among stars backing a campaign in Hollywood against sexual harassment.

This followed a letter of solidarity from 700,000 female Latina farmworkers who expressed their support for those in the entertainment industry who suffered sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace - a reality they said they know "far too well". As the New York Times reported, the plan may have just been unveiled but the celebrities had teamed up not long after the sexual misconduct allegations surfaced against disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein - one of many powerful men who fell from grace in 2017 after their alleged victims found the courage to come forward and share their stories. Rhimes told the New York Times.

"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.

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The meetings reportedly began in October, shortly after Harvey Weinstein was first accused of sexual assault. The group rapidly expanded and now includes meetings and workshops for participants in NY and London.

The open letter opens with "Dear sisters" and closes 'in solidarity'.

This is a moment of solidarity, not a fashion moment.

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

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Reese Witherspoon said the group offered an opportunity for women to join forces in an industry that has typically been run by men.

A drive to reach gender parity at studios and talent agencies.

While Time's Up plans to structure itself as a decentralised organisation with no formal hierarchy but established traditions, it plans to forge alliances with similarly focused organisations, among them 50/50 by 2020, a group that aims for equal gender representation in U.S. boardrooms by 2020. The fund has already received $13 million in donations.

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