After announcing and displaying a new campaign on the world’s stage to broaden and continue the conversation regarding sexual assault, some of the Time’s Up activists hung out together at last night’s Producer’s Guild Awards.
Awards season is in full swing and an entire group of women have made conscious efforts to use red carpet and award school events to speak about the initiatives to help sufferers of sexual abuse and misconduct who don’t have similar platforms and resources.
Actresses Eva Longoria, Tracee Ellis Ross, Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington were snapped in a picture while sitting together chatting it up between the awards being given out. These four women’s bond actually goes way beyond and before the Time’s Up movement was started.
Longoria and Witherspoon have been friends for years as have Ross and Washington. Longoria has also directed episodes of hit comedy Blackish, where Ross plays the female lead.
Undoubtedly, this new passion and adventure have brought them so much closer. When asked who was the leader of their group or campaign, no one takes that position. Instead, incredibly wealthy, smart, visible women have come together to figure out how they could pool their resources and lift their voices to really make lasting and impactful change regarding an issue that they’ve all personally dealt with.
The sexual misconduct cases that ran rampant in Hollywood last year where only a microcosmic display of how ubiquitous and pervasive sexual assault is in every single industry and corner of our society.
These women really wanted to come together and find a way to positively impact other women who don’t have the ability to pay for a lawyer or who can’t go to HR to report their boss for fear of getting fired.
This epidemic of powerful men preying on women isn’t specific to any particular class or race or religion or political party. This is an issue that needs to be addressed and admonished because the level at which women are forced to silently suffer through these type of injustices is shattering.
The legal fund has already raised $18 million and it is steadily climbing all of the time.