Wear Black, Speak Up: Hollywood Women Unite to Fight Sexism with Time's Up Movement

Updated | A new movement in Hollywood aims to fight sexual harassment in the entertainment industry and beyond, setting up a legal defense fund and issuing a call to action under the motto: Time’s Up.

Women working as actors, agents, laywers, producers and writers came together in October in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault allegations scandal and the powerful #MeToo online movement. They discussed how to enforce change in an industry that for decades had marginalized, if not actively silenced, women’s voices as well as experiences of harassment and assault.

“Time’s up on this impenetrable monopoly,” read an open letter published in The New York Times on Monday and signed by 282 women writing on behalf of their colleagues, including producer, screenwriter, and author Shonda Rhimes, actor and producer Reese Witherspoon and activist Gloria Steinem.

The movement will champion a number of different initiatives, including inviting women walking the Golden Globe Awards red carpet this Sunday to wear black and use the platform to raise awareness about the initiative.

“This is a moment of solidarity, not a fashion moment,” actress, producer, director and designer Eva Longoria told The Times, adding that a vast majority of the women attending the ceremony have pledged to support the initiative.

“For years, we’ve sold these awards shows as women, with our gowns and colors and our beautiful faces and our glamour,” Longoria added. “This time the industry can’t expect us to go up and twirl around. That’s not what this moment is about.”

01_02_Time's Up_Women Kerry Washington, Betsy Beers and Shonda Rhimes attend ABC News, Yahoo! News, Univision Pre-White House Correspondents Dinner cocktail reception at Washington Hilton on April 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. All three women signed the Time's Up letter published in The New York Times on January 1, 2018. Leigh Vogel/Getty Images for Yahoo! News

The letter began with a heartfelt thank you to the 700,000 farmworker women of the Alianza Nacional de Campesinas (the National Farmworker Women’s Alliance), who had sent Hollywood stars a letter of solidarity in November and have since responded to Time’s Up letter, writing on Twitter: “We are grateful for their heartfelt words & leadership. We proudly stand with them.”

The Time’s Up signatories intend to use their privileged position to support those whose financial resources may not allow them to pursue justice in face of exploitation, asking the press to cover cases of sexual harassment and assault in all workplaces.

Members of the movement have pledged to seed into a legal fund available to survivors of sexual assault and harassment in any workplace who need support to seek justice against those who harmed them. The fund is open for additional donation on a crowdfunding platform and has received more than $13.7 million donations by 4,300 people in the past 12 days. Its goal is to raise $15 million.

The movement is also seeking an end to male-dominated workplace environments, demanding “equal representation, opportunities, benefits and pay for all women workers,” as well as legislative changes to tackle how nondisclosure agreements silence survivors of sexual harassment and assault.

“Everyone’s resolution for the year: No more accepting sexual harassment and inequality at work as normal. It’s not normal” actress and Time’s Up signatory Brie Larson, won multiple top awards in 2016 for the portrayal of a kidnapping and rape survivor in the 2015 drama Room, wrote on her Instagram account, one of several messages supporting the initiative.

A full list of the signatory is available below.

  • Abbi Jacobson
  • Adrienne Warren
  • Adrienne Houghton
  • Aimee Garcia
  • Aja Naomi King
  • Alex Martinez Kondracke
  • Alexandra Meneses
  • Alexandra Eitel
  • Alexandra Trustman
  • Alfre Woodard
  • Alia Shawkat
  • Alicia Vikander
  • Allison Jaslow
  • Alysia Reiner
  • Alyssa Milano
  • Amandla Stenberg
  • Amber Tamblyn
  • Amelia Clarke
  • Amelia Roper
  • America Ferrera
  • Amy Hobby
  • Amy Poehler
  • Amy Sherman- Palladino
  • Amy Schumer
  • Ana Ortiz
  • Ana Brenda Contreras
  • Andrea Navedo
  • Andrea Riseborough
  • Andrea Sperling
  • Angela Robinson
  • Angelique Cabral
  • Anjelah Johnson
  • Anjelica Houston
  • Anna Deveare Smith
  • Anna Rose Holmer
  • Annabella Sciorra
  • Anne Hubble
  • Anne Hathaway
  • Arianne Phillips
  • Ashley Judd
  • Ashley Nicole Black
  • Aubrey Plaza
  • Ava DuVernay
  • Barbara Muschietti
  • Bellamy Young
  • Betsy Beers
  • Blair Kohan
  • Blake Lively
  • Bozoma Saint John
  • Brie Larson
  • Callie Khouri
  • Carmen Cuba
  • Carol Burnett
  • Caroline Kaplan
  • Carrie Preston
  • Cate Blanchett
  • Caterina Scorsone
  • Celeste Den
  • Chandra Wilson
  • Charlize Theron
  • Chelsea Handler
  • Chloe Grace Moretz
  • Christy Haubegger
  • Claire Karpen
  • Constance Wu
  • Corrie Christopher-Martin
  • Courtney Kivowitz
  • Courtney Preiss
  • Cynthia Erivo
  • Dakota Johnson
  • Dana Belcastro
  • Dana Spector
  • Danai Gurira
  • Darby Stanchfield
  • Debbie Allen
  • Debra Messing
  • Dee Reese
  • Donna Langley
  • Dr. Stacy L. Smith
  • Edie Falco
  • Eisa Davis
  • Elizabeth Banks
  • Ellen Chenoweth
  • Ellen Lewis
  • Ellen Pompeo
  • Ellen Page
  • Ellen Barkin
  • Emilia Clarke
  • Emily Blunt
  • Emma Stone
  • Emma Watson
  • Emmy Rossum
  • Eryn Brown
  • Eva Longoria
  • Evan Rachel Wood
  • Evangeline Lily
  • Evelyn O'Neill
  • Felicity Huffman
  • Frankie Shaw
  • Gabourey Sidibe
  • Gabrielle Union
  • Geena Davis
  • Gina Gionfriddo
  • Gina Prince- Bythewood
  • Gina Welch
  • Gina Rodriguez
  • Gloria Calderon Kellett
  • Gloria Steinem
  • Goldie Hawn
  • Greta Gerwig
  • Gugu Mbatha-Raw
  • Gwenyth Paltrow
  • Halle Berry
  • Halley Pheiffer
  • Hannah Minghella
  • Hylda Queally
  • Ilana Glazer
  • Isabella Gomez
  • Izzy Thomas
  • Jaina Lee Ortiz
  • Jane Fonda
  • Janelle Monae
  • Janet McTeer
  • Jayne Lemons
  • Jeanne McCarthy
  • Jenn Lyon
  • Jennifer Salke
  • Jennifer Garner
  • Jennifer Newsom
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Jennifer Connelly
  • Jennifer Lawrence
  • Jenny Slate
  • Jessica Capshaw
  • Jessica Brown- Findlay
  • Jessica Chastain
  • Jessica Knoll
  • Jordan Hamsberger
  • Joy Gorman Wettels
  • Judith Light
  • Julianne Moore
  • Julie Darmody
  • Juliet Rylance
  • Jurnee Smollett-Bell
  • Karen Gillan
  • Karen Pittman
  • Karla Souza
  • Kate Arrington
  • Kate Beckinsale
  • Kate Hudson
  • Kathleen Kennedy
  • Kathy Najimy
  • Katie Jacobs
  • Katie Lowes
  • Katie McGrath
  • Keira Knightley
  • Kellie Overbey
  • Kelly Marcel
  • Kelly McCreary
  • Kerry Washington
  • Kirsten Schaffer
  • Krista Smith
  • Kristen Anderson-Lopez
  • Kris-n Burr
  • Laura Prepon
  • Laura Rosenthal
  • Laura Harrier
  • Laura Lewis
  • Lauren Neustadter
  • Laverne Cox
  • Leah Fischman
  • Lena Waithe
  • Leslie Silva
  • Letitia Wright
  • Lisa Joy
  • Lisa Vidal
  • Liv Rooth
  • Liz Garcia
  • Lora Kennedy
  • Lorrie Bartlett
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • Maha Dakhil Jackson
  • Margot Robbie
  • Maria Eitel
  • Marin Ireland
  • Marisa Tomei
  • Marissa Dishaw
  • Martha Plimpton
  • Mary Parent
  • Megan Mulally
  • Megan Colligan
  • Megan Diamondstein
  • Melina Matsoukas
  • Melissa McCarthy
  • Melissa Fumero
  • Meredith O'Sullivan Wasson
  • Meryl Streep
  • Mia Barron
  • Michelle Knudsen
  • Michelle Pfeiffer
  • Michelle Kydd Lee
  • Michelle Weiner
  • Michelle Williams
  • Mila Kunis
  • Mindy Kaling
  • Molly Wringwald
  • Nadia Quinn
  • Naomi Watts
  • Natalie Portman
  • Natalie Tran
  • Nicole Kidman
  • Niija Kuykendall
  • Nina Bongiovi
  • Nina Dobrev
  • Nina L. Shaw
  • Nora Lum
  • Octavia Spencer
  • Olga Segura
  • Olga Merediz
  • Olivia Wilde
  • Olivia Munn
  • Pam Wasserstein
  • Pamela Abdy
  • Penelope Cruz
  • Phillipa Soo
  • Piper Perabo
  • Pom Klementieff
  • Rachel Kropa
  • Racquel Bracken
  • Rashida Jones
  • Rebecca Goldman
  • Reese Witherspoon
  • Rena Ronson
  • Rosanna Arquette
  • Rosario Dawson
  • Rowan Blanchard
  • Roxane Gay
  • Ruth Negga
  • Sadie Mackay
  • Salma Hayek
  • Samantha Barks
  • Sara Fischer
  • Sarah Finn
  • Sarah Rothman
  • Sarah Drew
  • Sarah Jessica Parker
  • Sarayu Blue
  • Scarlett Johansson
  • Shani Rosenzweig
  • Shari Springer Berman
  • Sharon Horgan
  • Shonda Rhimes
  • Sienna Miller
  • Sophia Bush
  • Sophie Okonedo
  • Stephanie Beatriz
  • Susan Sarandon
  • Susan Sprung
  • Susannah Grant
  • Talitha Watkins
  • Tamara Tunie
  • Tammy Jo Dearen
  • Taraji P. Henson
  • Tess Rafferty
  • Tessa Thompson
  • Thandi Newton
  • Tina Tchen
  • Tonya Pinkins
  • Tracee Ellis Ross
  • Tracey Landon
  • Tracy Brennan
  • Uma Thurman
  • Uzo Aduba
  • Vera Farmiga
  • Veronica Falcon
  • Viola Davis
  • Wren Arthur
  • Zainab Jah
  • Zoe Saldana
  • Zoe Cassavettes
  • Zoe Kravitz
  • Zoey Deutch

This article was updated to correct the caption for the image of Kerry Washington, Betsy Beers and Shonda Rhimes. An earlier version stated that the Time's Up letter referenced in the story was published in The New York Times on January 1, 2017. In fact, it was January 1, 2018.

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