Over three-hundred active people working in the entertainment industry including actors, actresses, directors, screenwriters, and other key figures in the sphere have launched a campaign dedicated to gender equity in the workplace as well as a working environment free of harassment.
The group called, Time’s Up, intends to use a $13 million fund to provide support for victims of sexual harassment including more vulnerable professions like those in the service sector, agriculture, and manufacturing.
Some of the actresses involved include Meryl Streep, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Shonda Rhimes, JJ Abrams, and agencies such as William Morris Endeavor and Creative Artists.
Additionally, Steven Spielberg’s foundation is collaborating in the project campaign. A US lawyer working for the organization, Tina Tichen, said sexual harassment is a serious problem throughout the United States as well as the world. According to the attorney, they intend to help those in need.
A letter written by the company claims the recent outpouring of stories from victims in the mass media has highlighted the severity of the problem in the workplace. The transgressions committed against those in the entertainment industry are just one example.
However, what’s worse, is that women and others who don’t have a voice need support to get away from their harassers. Essentially, the group hopes to help those from working-class backgrounds and not just Hollywood actresses and entertainers.
The people who need the most support or those who we never hear from, individuals who don’t have a lot of money and are incredibly reliant on others, opening them up to abuse.
Not only will the group aid those who suffer from discrimination, but they will also push to have more women in positions of power. Furthermore, the group claims to be in solidarity with the women who plan to wear black during the Golden Globes ceremony.