A coalition of 300 powerful women in Hollywood have created a sweeping action plan for combating sexual harassment.
The Time’s Up movement was announced Monday with an impassioned vow to help support working-class women dealing with sexual harassment.
“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,” an open letter from the group reads, according to The New York Times.
Monday’s letter ran as a full-page ad in the Times and in La Opinion, a Spanish-language newspaper.
The message was signed by such major actresses as Reese Witherspoon, Natalie Portman, Kerry Washington, Rashida Jones and Ashley Judd.
The document also included signatures from television producer Shonda Rhimes, Donna Langley, the chairwoman of Universal Pictures, and lawyer Nina L. Shaw.
“It’s very hard for us to speak righteously about the rest of anything if we haven’t cleaned our own house,” Rhimes said of the group’s effort Monday.
“If this group of women can’t fight for a model for other women who don’t have as much power and privilege, then who can?”
Time’s Up is leaderless, run by volunteers and made up of working groups focused on implementing the sprawling initiative.
The movement will include a legal defense fund – bolstered by $13 million in donations – aimed at helping less privileged women shield themselves from sexual misconduct and reporting it.
The initiative will also advocate for legislation penalizing companies that allow recurring harassment.
Time’s Up will additionally try discouraging the use of nondisclosure agreements to silence sexual misconduct victims.
Scores of women accused famed Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct last year, sparking a global reckoning on the issue.
Weinstein was ultimately fired from the influential company he co-founded, and he has since staunchly denied the accusations against him.
Multiple men of power in entertainment, politics, the media and sports have since experienced similar falls from grace amid fresh scrutiny of sexual misconduct.