Hollywood Women Launch Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund To Protect Women Facing Sexual Harassment


So needed, and so necessary — and so perfect to roll out to begin 2018.

Shonda Rhimes,

The new plan includes a multi-million dollar legal defense fund made largely by donations from the rich and powerful women of Hollywood, which will in turn be used to defend women across the workforcte and all over the country who are facing backlash from sexual harassment claims at work.

The defense fund itself will be administered by the National Women’s Law Center, and it includes a GoFundMe page (HERE) that was seeking to raise an initial $15 million to begin.

By noon on New Year’s Day, the fund had raised more than $13.4 million — much of it coming from high-profile Hollywood women.

In an open letter announcing the Time’s Up initiative, the prominent women wrote in part (below):

“To every woman employed in agriculture who has had to fend off unwanted sexual advances from her boss, every housekeeper who has tried to escape an assaultive guest, every janitor trapped nightly in a building with a predatory supervisor, every waitress grabbed by a customer and expected to take it with a smile, every garment and factory worker forced to trade sexual acts for more shifts, every domestic worker or home health aide forcibly touched by a client, every immigrant woman silenced by the threat of her undocumented status being reported in retaliation for speaking up and to women in every industry who are subjected to indignities and offensive behavior that they are expected to tolerate to make a living: We stand with you. We support you.”

And prominent celebs who had a large hand in founding the organization wasted no time to start promoting it on Twitter (below):

Bravo, ladies! BRAVO!!!!!

Let’s make 2018 the exact opposite of 2017 — and this is a great way to start the process!!

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