Eva Longoria, America Ferrera, Reese Witherspoon and 297 other women who work in film, television and theater have teamed up for a new anti-harassment initiative called TIME’S UP. The movement follows 2017’s #MeToo that resulted after a number of sexual misconduct allegations in the entertainment industry came to light. The new action plan, which was announced on Monday, January 1, along with an open solidarity letter, “is a unified call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere. From movie sets to farm fields to boardrooms alike, we envision nationwide leadership that reflects the world in which we live.” According to the New York Times, the initiative includes a legal defense fund to help women protect themselves from sexual misconduct and the fallout from reporting it.
Eva along with over 300 of Hollywood's leading ladies posted this message Photo: Instagram/@evalongoria
TIME’S UP is powered by women and addresses the inequality and injustice in the workplace.” The website noted, “No more silence. No more waiting. No more tolerance for discrimination, harassment or abuse.” Film director JJ Abrams and his wife Katie McGrath have already made a huge donation of $1,000,000 to the cause. Meanwhile a number of other generous stars have also donated, including Jennifer Aniston, who gave $500,000, Taylor Swift and Oprah Winfrey both donated $100,000, while Jennifer Garner, Zoe Saldana and Kate Hudson have each donated $10,000. Performer Justin Timberlake also contributed to the movement with his wife Jessica Biel donating $25,000.