News & Current Events: Women In Hollywood Ban Together to Launch Time's Up, An Anti-Harrassment Action Plan

The action plan is aptly titled because time is up! Time is up for women being treated as sex objects for just existing, time is up for women being blackballed for speaking out, and time is up for the rest of society to be held accountable that has been turning a blind eye. We have responsibilities to our fellow citizens, our colleagues, our sisters and friends. Continue reading to find out more about Time's Up.
Clockwise from top left: the actresses America Ferrera and Eva Longoria; the lawyer Nina L. Shaw; the actress Reese Witherspoon; the producer Shonda Rhimes; and the lawyer Tina Tchen.
Driven by outrage and a resolve to correct a power imbalance that seemed intractable just months ago, 300 prominent actresses and female agents, writers, directors, producers and entertainment executives have formed an ambitious, sprawling initiative to fight systemic sexual harassment in Hollywood and in blue-collar workplaces nationwide.
The initiative includes:
— A legal defense fund, backed by $13 million in donations, to help less privileged women — like janitors, nurses and workers at farms, factories, restaurants and hotels — protect themselves from sexual misconduct and the fallout from reporting it.
— Legislation to penalize companies that tolerate persistent harassment, and to discourage the use of nondisclosure agreements to silence victims.
— A drive to reach gender parity at studios and talent agencies that has already begun making headway.
— And a request that women walking the red carpet at the Golden Globes speak out and raise awareness by wearing black.

Image Credit: Time's Up

Original article written by Cara Buckley for the New York Times. Read the rest of the article here

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