#TIMESUP The Women Of Hollywood Are Speaking Out
Some 300 women working in film, television and theatre in the United States have launched a new campaign against sexual harassment.
The movement called Time's Up Now has outlined an action plan to fight sexual harassment and misconduct in workplaces across the US.
The group has set up a legal defence fund backed by $US13 million ($A18 million) in donations to help women who don't have the necessary funds to fight sexual harassment.
We wrote and issued this letter of solidarity to stand with women across every industry in saying: #TIMESUP. Time's up on silence. Time's up on waiting. Time's up on tolerating discrimination, harassment and abuse. The @TIMESUPNOW Legal Defense Fund provides subsidized legal support across industries to those who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace. Join me! Read the letter, sign & donate: Link in bio.
"Harassment too often persists because perpetrators and employers never face any consequences," the organisers said in an open letter published on Monday.
The movement is advocating for "gender parity" when it comes to corporate leadership and equal wages, and is pushing for legislation to penalise companies that tolerate harassment.
Hollywood professionals including actresses America Ferrera, Eva Longoria and Reese Witherspoon are behind the Time's Up Now movement.
The group also partnered with Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, an organisation which fights sexual harassment against the mostly Latino women who work in the US farm industry.
"To the members of Alianza and farm worker women across the country, we see you, we thank you, and we acknowledge the heavy weight of our common experience of bring preyed upon, harassed, and exploited," the letter said.
The movement comes amid heightened awareness of sexual assault and harassment that follow accusations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, actor Kevin Spacey, former NBC morning show co-host Matt Lauer, and television journalist Charlie Rose, among many others.