Female Stars Fight Workplace Assault With Defense Fund

As the years go by, gender divides grow smaller. Because of society’s increasingly progressive attitudes, conservative countries are eliminating segregation. Beauty queens are breaking norms. Struggling moms are making a living. Still, harassment in the workplace is frequent — but not if Hollywood’s female stars can help it. Hundreds of big names have launched a legal defense fund worth $13 million to fight sexual misconduct.

“Harassment too often persists because perpetrators and employers never face any consequences,” said an open letter from 300 women in film, TV, and theater. “This is often because survivors, particularly those working in low-wage industries, don’t have the resources to fight back.”

The recent slew of accusations has encouraged women of all tiers to speak up about their assault. The initiative hopes to empower more, particularly those without a means to be vocal.

“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?” [said executive producer Shonda] Rhimes.

Speaking out is one thing — having the resources to do so is another. If blockbuster bombshells are willing to provide that, why stop them?

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