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Hollywood Women Launch Time's Up Legal Defense Fund To Protect Women Facing Sexual Harassment

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So needed, and so necessary — and so perfect to roll out to begin 2018.

Shonda Rhimes, Reese Witherspoon, and more than 300 other prominent and powerful women in the entertainment industry rolled out a new initiative this morning called Time's Up — and it's all about protecting women from sexual harassment.

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The new plan includes a multi-million dollar legal defense fund made largely by donations from the rich and powerful women of Hollywood, which will in turn be used to defend women across the workforcte and all over the country who are facing backlash from sexual harassment claims at work.

The defense fund itself will be administered by the National Women's Law Center, and it includes a GoFundMe page (HERE) that was seeking to raise an initial $15 million to begin.

By noon on New Year's Day, the fund had raised more than $13.4 million — much of it coming from high-profile Hollywood women.

In an open letter announcing the Time's Up initiative, the prominent women wrote in part (below):

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