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Women Are Joining Together To Defeat Workplace Harassment

Women in Hollywood band together in anti-harassment initiative

Actresses are also being called upon to wear black at the Golden Globe awards on January 7 in solidarity with the movement.

"We remain committed to holding our own workplaces accountable, pushing for swift and effective change to make the entertainment industry a safe and equitable place for everyone, and telling women's stories through our eyes and voices with the goal of shifting our society's perception and treatment of women", the letter states. That's not what this moment is about'.

Now, the women of Hollywood are taking it a step further and coming together for a new initiative, Time's Up.

Shonda Rhimes is among the women who have signed on to the "Time's Up" initiative.

Ms Witherspoon added: 'We have been siloed off from each other.

One of the familiar faces, Reese Witherspoon, said, "We're finally hearing each other.in solidarity for every woman who doesn't feel seen, to be finally heard".

The National Women's Law Center will house the fund and distribute resources, including lawyers and public relations professionals that will work with the Center's Legal Network for Gender Equity "to provide assistance to those ready to stand up", the fundraiser page said.

As such the fund gives special focus to low-wage agriculture workers, housekeepers, janitors, factory workers and waitresses. It will be housed and administrated by the National Women's Law Center, and now has more than $13 million in donations.

Shonda Rhimes-a leading member of the effort and executive producer of several television series, including "Grey's Anatomy" and "How to Get Away With Murder"-says a key component of the effort was making sure that women in those more vulnerable situations and without the name recognition of famous actresses or directors were made central to the effort". Among those participating are director Ava DuVernay, producer Kathleen Kennedy, and actors Natalie Portman, Reese Witherspoon, Cate Blanchett, Eva Longoria and America Ferrera.

The meetings reportedly began in October, shortly after Harvey Weinstein was first accused of sexual assault.

It began with just a few dozen participants, but grew quickly as women in NY and London joined forces, and now has more than 300 members.

Time's Up is a leaderless initiative created to help women of all industries.

It has already overseen the creation of a commission, announced in December, that is tasked with creating a blueprint for ending sexual harassment in show business.