Powerful Hollywood Women Unveil Anti-Harassment Action Plan
Ms. Tchen is spearheading the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, which is administered by the National Women’s Law Center’s Legal Network for Gender Equity,
and will connect female victims of sexual harassment with lawyers.
Major donors include Ms. Witherspoon, Ms. Rhimes, Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg
and Kate Capshaw, and the talent agencies ICM Partners, the Creative Artists Agency, William Morris Endeavor and United Talent Agency.
Time’s Up has also been urging women to wear black at the Golden Globes on Sunday, to use the red carpet to speak out against gender
and racial inequality, and to raise awareness about their initiative and the legal fund.
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.
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