Actresses Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, Eva Longoria, Ashley Judd, Natalie Portman, and producer/screenwriter Shonda Rhimes are leading the initiative alongside hundreds of others. Other notable names involved in the initiative include Rashida Jones, Kerry Washington, Lena Waithe and America Ferrera.
Shonda told The New York Times, “It’s very hard for us to speak righteously about the rest of anything if we haven’t cleaned our own house. 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?”
Actress Viola Davis also spoke out via Twitter to support the movement, writing, “I stand with women across every industry to say #TIMESUP on abuse, harassment, marginalization and underrepresentation.
I stand with women across every industry to say #TIMESUP on abuse, harassment, marginalization and underrepresentation. Join me! Sign the statement of solidarity & donate to the @TIMESUPNW Legal Defense Fund: https://t.co/X90GIZjmEH pic.twitter.com/QSyjrx5S7T
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) January 1, 2018
Join me!” Justin Timberlake also offered up a male voice of support, as he tweeted, “No more accepting sexual harassment and inequality at work as normal. It’s NOT normal.”
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) January 1, 2018