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Three-hundred Hollywood actresses, writers and directors including the likes of Charlize Theron and Shonda Rhimes have launched a project to help fight sexual harassment beyond the film industry.
Producer Shonda Rhimes is also a prominent member, alongside showrunner Jill Soloway; Donna Langley, the chairwoman of Universal Pictures; lawyer Nina L. Shaw; and Maria Eitel, an expert in corporate responsibility who is co-chairwoman of the Nike Foundation.
The initiative will help women who have been sexually harassed get access to legal aid, with the group having already raised $13US million at the time of publication, with hopes of reaching its $15 million goal.
"The struggle for women to break in, to rise up the ranks and to simply be heard and acknowledged in male-dominated workplaces must end; time's up on this impenetrable monopoly", said the letter. As victims shared stories, more were encouraged to come forward.
The fund was announced in an open letter published on Monday as a full-page ad in The New York Times and the Spanish-language newspaper La Opinión. Examples of this included forcing women to watch him masturbate and asking for massages during business meetings.More news: Amber Alert issued for 2 kids as woman's death is investigated
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Drafting of legislation to punish companies that tolerate sexual harassment and to discourage nondisclosure agreements in such cases.
"We remain committed to holding our own workplaces accountable, pushing for swift and effective change to make the entertainment industry a safe and equitable place for everyone", the letter reads. This has resulted in the firings of people like journalist Mark Halperin and Today Show host Matt Lauer; and the resignations of figures such as Senator Al Franken and celebrity chef Mario Batali.
As the Times reports, the group is "leaderless, run by volunteers and made up of working groups"-each of which focusing on different areas of the problem or specific populations under threat".
Time's Up intends to use the platform given to women in entertainment to fight for equality on behalf of women in all fields, it said.
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