In response to the past few month’s flooding of stories related to sexual and harassment in all industries, but beginning in entertainment, Shonda Rhimes and Reese Witherspoon and a group of more than 300 actresses, writers, producers, directors, agents and other powerful women in Hollywood have joined together to launch Time’s Up, have formed an ambitious, sprawling initiative to fight systemic sexual harassment in Hollywood and in blue-collar workplaces nationwide.
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Let’s know What is Time’s Up?
Powered by women, TIME’S UP addresses the systemic inequality and injustice in the workplace that has kept discriminated groups from reaching their full possibility. No more silence. No more waiting. No more tolerance for discrimination, harassment or abuse.
The action includes:-
— Act to dock companies that tolerate bound harassment, and to demoralize the use of nondisclosure agreements to silence victims.
— Legal defense fund, of $13 million in the donation, to help less privileged women — like nurses and workers at farms, factories, restaurants, and hotels — protect themselves from sexual misconduct and the fallout from reporting it.
— A drive to reach gender unity at studios and talent agencies have already begun making headway.
— It’s a quest to women walking on the red carpet at the Golden Globes speak out and bring awareness by wearing black.
Time’s Up, the movement was announced on Monday with a pledge to support working-class women in an open letter signed by many of women in show business, many of them. The letter was also published as an ad in The New York Times, and in La Opinion, a Spanish-language newspaper.
“The battle for women to break in, to rise the ranks and acknowledged in male-dominated workplaces must end; time’s up on this solid trust,” the letter says.This group is one answer to all the questions that how women in Hollywood would respond to flooding statements that have jumbled the careers of strongest men in industry and where silence has been a condition of employment.
Time’s Up also helps cripple opinion that the spotlight on the #MeToo movement has been dominated by high-profile men, while the effort of working-class women has been left out. It was advertised in November when an open letter was sent on behalf of 700,000 female workers who said they stood with Hollywood actresses in their fight against abuse. Time’s Up members said the letter help to their resolve their efforts both Hollywood and beyond.
“It’s very hard for us to speak about the rest of anything if we haven’t cleaned our own house,” said Shonda Rhimes, producer of the T.V series “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “ Get Away With Murder,” who has been involved with the group. Ms. Rhimes continued “If the group of women can’t fight for other women and become role model for them who don’t have as much power and privilege, then who can?”
Time’s Up members also added actresses Ashley Judd, America Ferrera, Eva Longoria, Natalie Portman, Rashida Jones, Kerry Washington, Emma Stone, and Reese Witherspoon; the showrunner Jill Soloway; the lawyers Nina L. Shaw and Tina Tchen, who served as Michelle Obama’s chief of staff; Donna Langley, chairwoman of Universal Pictures; and Maria Eitel, an expert in corporate authority who is co-chairwoman of the Nike Foundation.
“People were flown so viscerally,” said Ms. Eitel, who helps Time’s Up meetings, which started in October”. They wanted to grumble or oppose, or tell a story was the for not coming together. They intended to act that’s the reason they together. In the first meetings almost there was a ferociousness to it. Theirs’s no manager or a leader by Time’s Up it is run by volunteers and made up of working groups. One group look after the creation of a commission, led by Anita Hilland declared in December, that is combined with creating a blueprint for winding up sexual harassment in business. One more group, 50/50by2020, is forwarding entertainment organizations and companies to settle with reach gender unity in their leadership tiers within two years. It already can claim a big achievement.
In early December, after Ms. Rhimes pushed him, Chris Silbermann, a managing director at ICM Partners, promised that his genius company would meet the goal.“We came to this conclusion that, everything is possible,” Ms. Rhimes said. “Why shouldn’t it be?”Also, a group is there ensuring that minorities and gays, bisexuals, lesbians, and transgender people are noted. “No one wants to turn behind and say they stood on the sidelines,” said Lena Waithe, part of that working group and a star of the Netflix series “Master of None.”
Another group which came up with legislation to gear up misdeed and addresses how nondisclosure agreements silence sufferer of sexual harassment. “People resolving out in advance of their rights is obviously something that can’t continue,” said Ms. Shaw, a marked lawyer whose clients have included Lupita Nyong’o and Ava DuVernay.
Ms. Tchen is initiating the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, which is carried out for Gender Equity, and will join female victims of sexual harassment with lawyers by the National Women’s Law Center’s Legal Network. Major presenter includes Ms. Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, Ms. Rhimes, Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw, and the genius companies ICM Partners, the Creative Artists Agency, William Morris Endeavor and United Talent Agency. Time’s Up has been insisting women wear black at the Golden Globes on Sunday, and use red carpet to speak out against sexual harassment, and alerting people about their initiative and the legal fund.
“This is a moment of support, teamwork, not a fashion moment,” Ms. Longoria said. She said majority of the women pledged to participate who were invited and planned to attend Golden Globe. Ms. Longoria said, “Since many years, we’ve served these awards shows as women, for gowns and colors and our pretty faces and our charm,” “This time the industry can’t expect us to go up and rotate wheels around. That’s not what the moment is about.”
Time’s Up was formed soon after The New York Times reported in October that the producer Harvey Weinstein had reached multiple agreements with women who had accused him of sexual misconduct. As more women stepped forward, and more men were implicated in abuse, a group of the female genius company met with Creative Artists to discuss the problem and find solutions. The group soon expanded to dozens and, eventually, about 150 participants it has since doubled as the actresses who joined from New York and London, who meet weekly at the agency and in living rooms across Los Angeles, as well as for daylong workshops.
Katie McGrath, who take care of the production company Bad Robot with her husband, J. J. Abrams both are donors to the legal fund, said that the women realized from the start that “what they wanted out of this moment, and what was going to be required in order to shift and pivot from this horror to structural change.” Many of the women said their work with Time’s Up presented a few opportunity to meet regularly and efforts with other powerful women. In this field strongly dominated by men, they said, they were rarely one of the few actresses or one of the few female writers or producers in a room.
Ms. Witherspoon said. “At last we hear each other, and seeing each other, and now tying arms in support with each other, and supporting every woman who doesn’t feel seen, to be finally heard.”No one can figure out whether this outbreak of energy will lead to permanent changes. Time’s Up sources said the meetings had brought disagreements and letdowns as well. “It’s not as delightful as finding a silver bullet,” Ms. Ferrera said. “We all notice there’s no such point.” And, she added, “not taking a step is not an option.”
Ms. Rhimes said working with this kind of group of women recalled her of a feeling she got as a child when her mother took her to the neighborhood in a wagon to register black women to vote. “We’re a heap of women used to getting stuff done,” she said. “And we’re getting stuff done.”
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