Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington and More Unite for Anti-Harassment Movement in Hollywood
By Jackie Willis
The #MeToo movement seems to only have been a jumping off point for empowering women, especially in Hollywood.
After a slew of sexual misconduct allegations were made public in 2017, a number of actresses and other powerful women in the entertainment industry announced on Monday that they are joining forces in the new year to form Time's Up.
According to its website, the movement is a “unified call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere. From movie sets to farm fields to boardrooms alike, we envision nationwide leadership that reflects the world in which we live.”
Those celebrities backing Time's Up include Reese Witherspoon, Ellen Page, Brie Larson, Natalie Portman, Kerry Washington, Shonda Rhimes, Eva Longoria, Ashley Judd, America Ferrera, Emma Stone, Rashida Jones, and more. Many stars took to social media to get the word out about the movement.
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. According to their GoFundMe page, Oprah Winfrey and Taylor Swift made donations.
Time's Up also will work with with organizations and individuals that advocate for equality.