Time’s Up: the New Project to Fight Sexual Harassment at Work

Harvey Weinstein

Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who is accused by multiple women of sexual assault/CC

More than 300 actresses or female screenwriters, directors and other film personalities launched Monday a project to help fight against sexual harassment, both in Hollywood and in other less glamorous industries. 

The project “Time’s Up” was launched at the end of December, following the avalanche of accusations of sexual assault from Hollywood women in the wake of the Weinstein affair. The accusations caused the fall of many influential figures in the world of entertainment, media and politics and have led companies and administrations to review their anti-harassment regulations.

In an open letter published on its website, Time’s Up announced the creation of a fund to finance legal support for women and men victims of sexual harassment at work. The organization has already raised more than 13 of the $ 15 million that it has set for this fund.

“Often, harassment persists because the stalkers never pay the consequences of their actions,” says the group in a “solidarity letter” on its website.

This letter, which is titled “Dear Sisters” and ends with “severally”, was also published on a full page in The New York Times and in the Spanish-language newspaper La Opinion.

No more silence. No more waiting. No more tolerance for discrimination, harassment or abuse.

__Time’s Up

The participants include Cate Blanchett, Ashley Judd, Natalie Portman and Meryl Streep, Universal Pictures president Donna Langley, and feminist writer Gloria Steinem, lawyer and former chief of staff of Michelle Obama Tina Tchen and more.

The project is aimed primarily at those whose poorly paid jobs do not allow them to defend themselves; agricultural workers, servants, caretakers, workers and waitresses.

“We urge the media covering the revelations of Hollywood personalities to devote as much time to the myriad of experiences of people employed in less glamorous and valued sectors,” says the Hollywood women’s movement.

The letter added “every woman employed in the agricultural sector who has had to reject the advances of her boss, every servant who has tried to escape an aggressive guest, every night guard locked up at night in a building with a superior predator, each waitress groped by a customer and supposed to take that with a smile “.

Last month, Ford CEO Jim Hackett apologized to employees at two Chicago factories, promising changes after the publication of a New York Times article reporting alleged sexual harassment and abuse at the plants.

Time’s Up also calls for more women in positions of power, as well as equal wages and opportunities for women in the film industry. “We are also committed to continuing to push for real changes in our own field, to make the show business industry a safe and equitable place for all,” the letter added.

The organization, which was formed in mid-December and was first called the Commission on Sexual Harassment and Professional Equality before changing its name, also calls on women who will participate in the Golden Globes on Sunday, January 7 to wear black, as a sign of protest against racial inequality and sexism.

Last month, Ford CEO Jim Hackett apologized to employees at two Chicago factories, promising changes after the publication of a New York Times article reporting alleged sexual harassment and abuse at the plants.

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