Top Hollywood women launch anti-harassment plan

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Emma Stone and Shonda Rhimes are amont the women who teamed up to create Time's Up, which aims to combat sexual harassment in the workplace.

Three-hundred Hollywood actresses, writers and directors including the likes of Charlize Theron and Shonda Rhimes have launched a project to help fight sexual harassment beyond the film industry.

In November, a group of more than 700,000 female farmworkers sent the women of Hollywood a powerful letter of solidarity recognizing the plight of all women subject to sexual mistreatment in the workplace, but asking those in the spotlight to not overlook those who toil in the shadows of sprawling industries like food production, hospitality, restaurants, and elsewhere.

"We want all survivors of sexual harassment, everywhere, to be heard, to be believed, and to know that accountability is possible", the letter read, noting that Time's Up wasn't just limited to helping those in Hollywood.

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"Like you, there are few positions available to us and reporting any kind of harm or injustice committed against us doesn't seem like a viable option".

The group are demanding legislation to penalize companies that tolerate persistent harassment and to discourage the use of nondisclosure agreements - such as those allegedly used by Weinstein - to cover up abuse.

You can read the full letter here and donate to the legal defense fund here. It will be housed and administrated by the National Women's Law Center, and now has more than $13 million in donations.

The initiative, called Time's Up, is backed by the likes of Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, Eva Longoria, America Ferrera and Natalie Portman.

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And it called on women to wear black at this Sunday's Golden Globes as a statement against gender and racial inequality and to raise awareness about the group's efforts.

The letter, which is aimed at "every woman... who has had to fend off sexual advances", goes on to say that such harassment can often continue because "perpetrators and employers never face any consequences".

Hollywood icon Reese Witherspoon shared a post on the initiative on Instagram, along with the message: "I stand with ALL WOMEN across every industry to say#TIMESUP on abuse, harassment, marginalization and underrepresentation".

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