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Top Hollywood women launch anti-harassment plan

Top Hollywood women launch anti-harassment plan

After a bevy of sexual harassment allegations surfaced late previous year, several powerful women in Hollywood have come together to combat the problem.

Titled Time's Up, the project was announced via a display advertisement in the New York Times.

Emma Stone and Shonda Rhimes are amont the women who teamed up to create Time's Up, which aims to combat sexual harassment in the workplace.

The "Time's Up" campaign follows on the heels of a torrent of allegations of rape, sexual assault and harassment against powerful men that began with reports into sexual abuse by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Ms Longoria told the New York Times: 'For years, we've sold these awards shows as women, with our gowns and colors and our handsome faces and our glamour.

You can read the full letter here and donate to the legal defense fund here.

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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.

It has already overseen the creation of a commission, announced in December, that is tasked with creating a blueprint for ending sexual harassment in show business. The fund will be administrated by National Women's Law Center, a national women's rights legal organization.

Time's Up members include actresses Cate Blanchett, Ashley Judd, Natalie Portman and Meryl Streep, Universal Pictures chair Donna Langley, feminist writer Gloria Steinem, lawyer and ex-Michelle Obama chief of staff Tina Tchen and Nike Foundation co-chair Maria Eitel.

The Times Up movement is behind the call for every woman to wear black to the Golden Globes in a sign of solidarity with victims of sexual harassment who have come forth in the past several months.

"It's very hard for us to speak righteously about the rest of anything if we haven't cleaned our own house", producer Shonda Rhimes told the Times.

The group insisted that more women must be brought into positions of power and leadership, while every woman should have equal benefits, opportunities, pay and representation.