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03 January 2018, 02:01 | Conrad Doyle
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On Monday, a group of women in the entertainment industry, including A-listers such as Shonda Rhimes, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone and Natalie Portman, announced a new initiative called Time's Up, which is aimed at combating sexual harassment.
Hollywood's most celebrated women have launched an anti-harassment action plan in an attempt to fight the systemic sexual harassment in the industry, and support women in all workplaces who aren't privileged with the platform to speak out. "Let's all make this resolution for the year: No more accepting sexual harassment and inequality at work as normal". "We stand with all those who have endured sexual harassment: those who have come forward and those who have chose to remain quiet".
As the Times reports, the group is "leaderless, run by volunteers and made up of working groups"-each of which focusing on different areas of the problem or specific populations under threat". "The voices of those affected in every industry have been silenced for too long".
"The struggle for women to break in, to rise up the ranks and to simply be heard and acknowledged in male-dominated workplaces must end; time's up on this impenetrable monopoly", the letter says.
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. Time's up on waiting. "No more tolerance for discrimination, harassment or abuse", the website reads.
Actresses are also being called upon to wear black at the Golden Globe awards on January 7 in solidarity with the movement.
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