Monday morning, full-page ads in major newspapers across the country announced that Hollywood stars such as Meryl Strep have banded together to create the Time’s Up initiative, which aims to help fight sexual abuse. Already with $15million in the legal fund, the group plans to help less privileged women get access to justice if they have been the victims of harassment in the workplace.
“Earning a living should not come at the cost of anyone’s safety, dignity or morale,” said Shonda Rhimes, producer of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal”, who is involved in the campaign. “Every person should get to work in an environment free from abuse, assault, and discrimination.” Rhimes donated $500,000, along with Meryl Strep.
Along with the influential female attorneys who started the group, actors such as America Ferrea, Cate Blanchett, Reese Witherspoon, Eva Longoria and Natalie Portman have pledged their support.
As the movement gathers steam, there’s in talk in tinsel town that women in Hollywood should wear black to the Globes red carpet in protest at systemic and rampant sexual harassment.
To contribute to the fundraiser, here’s the link.