M - More than 300 actresses, writers and directors have launched a project to help fight sexual harassment in the film industry and other workplaces, BBC reports.
This followed a letter of solidarity from 700,000 female Latina farmworkers who expressed their support for those in the entertainment industry who suffered sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace - a reality they said they know "far too well".
Entitled Time's Up, the programme was launched with an open letter signed by hundreds of women in show business, including Ashley Judd, Eva Longoria, America Ferrera, Rashida Jones and Kerry Washington, as well as powerful backroom Hollywood figures, including producer Shonda Rhimes, whose credits include Grey's Anatomy and Scandal.
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The initiative includes a legal defense fund, headed by Tchen, Michelle Obama's former chief of staff, and backed by $13 million in donations, to help protect less privileged women from sexual misconduct and the fallout from reporting it.
"We fervently urge the media covering disclosures by people in Holywood to spend equal time on the myriad of experiences of individuals working in less glamourized and valorized trades", a message posted on the group's website read.
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Time's Up also wants to put forth legislation to penalize companies that turn a blind eye to harassment, as well as discourage nondisclosure agreements meant to keep victims quiet, according to the Times.
"If this group of women can't fight for a model for other women who don't have as much power and privilege", Rhimes told the Times, "then who can?"
The group is also is backing the movement for women to wear black, in solidarity with those who have been sexually harassed, at the Golden Globes. For years, we've sold these awards shows as women, with our gowns and colours and our lovely faces and our glamour.
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Witherspoon said that in the past women have been "siloed off from each other".