Dozens of Hollywood A-listers have donated to a million legal fund to fight sexual harassment claims by blue-collar workers. The organization was formed in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal with the aim of fighting sex abuse while promoting women in the workplace. Abrams and his wife Katie Mc Grath, Reese Witherspoon and Meryl Streep are among the biggest donors to the fund, which is being organised by the Time's Up campaign group.Other big-ticket donors include Jennifer Aniston, producer Shonda Rhimes, Kathleen Kennedy who heads Lucasfilm, Taylor Swift and Oprah Winfrey.Three hundred of Hollywood's most powerful women have launched a campaign to fight sexual abuse in the workplace.
'Sparked by the sexual abuse allegations surrounding Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and dozens of other powerful men in Hollywood, Time's Up not only demands gender parity at Hollywood studios, but financial penalties for any firm that does not act in the face of repeated harassment allegations.Three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep - who has faced accusations she has been complicit through her connections to Weinstein and failure to criticize director Roman Polanski - has donated 0,000 to the fund as has Jennifer Aniston, while Taylor Swift has donated 0,000.Acknowledging that Hollywood actresses and powerful industry brokers have more influence and power than a nurse or a teacher, the letter nonetheless has sparked a huge reaction across the entertainment world.'We also recognize our privilege and the fact that we have access to enormous platforms to amplify our voices.Both of which have driven widespread attention to the existence of this problem in our industry that farmworker women and countless individuals in other industries have not been afforded.'Ms Longoria told the New York Times: 'For years, we've sold these awards shows as women, with our gowns and colors and our beautiful faces and our glamour.'This time the industry can't expect us to go up and twirl around.That's not what this moment is about.'The campaign was brought into the public eye on Monday with full-page adverts in the Times, which helped expose allegations of abuse against Harvey Weinstein, and Spanish-language newspaper La Opinion.The advert, which takes the form of an open letter, is entitled 'In Solidarity' and vows to fight for justice for all those who are 'preyed upon, harassed and exploited by those who abuse their power'.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 also vows to fight for 'a significant increase of women in positions of leadership and power across industries.'Ms Witherspoon added: 'We have been siloed off from each other.'We’re finally hearing each other, and seeing each other, and now locking arms in solidarity with each other, and in solidarity for every woman who doesn’t feel seen, to be finally heard.'The creation of the legal fund, which has so far raised .4million of its million target, was prompted by a letter signed on behalf of 700,000 female farmworkers saying they stood with the women of Hollywood against abuse.As such the fund gives special focus to low-wage agriculture workers, housekeepers, janitors, factory workers and waitresses.'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. The fund will be housed at and administered by the National Women's Law Center, a women's rights legal organization, and managed by Christina M. Other members of Time's Up include actresses Ashley Judd, Emma Stone, Rashida Jones, and Kerry Washington.