What stands behind the new movement “Time’s Up!”? It’s an open letter with the headline „Dear Sisters“ that was published on January 1 in the New York Times. The letter signed by over 300 prominent actresses, writers, directors, and lawyers is addressed to all the women out there from women in entertainment to combat sexual harassment and systemic injustice in the workplace.
Signatories who back the initiative consists of A-list celebrities and powerful women working in film and entertainment industry including Reese Witherspoon, Emma Stone, Selena Gomez, Nina L. Shaw, Natalie Portman and many more others.
A Legal Defense Fund was created to provide with legal support to victims of mistreatment. It connects individuals in need with appropriate lawyers and other professionals that will provide legal help. The Fund is administered by the National Women’s Law Center and is backed by $13 million in donations.
Our letter of solidarity as a full page in the @nytimes ! #TIMESUP my Dear Sisters, reSisters, perSisters! Stand with women across every industry in saying: #TIMESUP. The @TIMESUPNW Legal Defense Fund provides subsidized legal support across industries! pic.twitter.com/n4U2Rn0EMO
— America Ferrera (@AmericaFerrera) January 2, 2018
The Fund aims to “help low-income women, like the janitors, like the farm workers, like home health workers, who don’t have the means to get the representation that they need when they speak out and to assert their rights”, said Tina Tchen by who is the Legal Defense Fund spearheaded.
And what was the impulse for women to form such a movement? It was a color, age, race and another type of discrimination, the fact that 1 in 3 women ages 18 to 34 have been sexually harassed at work and number of them did not even report it. So to all of us: Time is up!