Over $22 million has been raised to help women fight workplace harassment
The Time’s Up crowdfund is the most successful fundraiser in GoFundMe history. The alliance of Hollywood actresses and filmmakers made headway this year as they vowed to shake up the industry off the back of the #MeToo movement.
Buzzfeed revealed that as well as drawing attention to sexual harassment in the film industry, the legal defense fund on GoFundMe was 2018’s most popular cause on the site, having raised over $22 million. That is almost as much as the rest of the top 10 campaigns combined.
Joining forces with the National Women's Law Center and a network of attorneys, the fund supports the legal cases of people who've come forward to report workplace harassment. It puts victims who reach out in touch with the legal professionals who can guide them through the process.
Time’s Up was created last December when Mónica Ramírez and the Alianza Nacional de Campesinas (National Alliance of Farmworker Women) were inspired by the #MeToo movement to highlight the sexual harassment of female farmworkers. Ramírez wrote an open letter to Hollywood which led celebrities to rally together to create an organisation that focussed on the abuse of women in all industries, rather than just in entertainment.
“We are very specifically focused on what I would call workplace issues. Fairness, safety, equity in the workplace,” talent agency executive Christy Haubegger told TIME, as one of the group’s founders. “If you were to draw a Venn diagram, #MeToo more broadly is a campaign and a movement around all kinds of sexual assault.”
In January, the group made headlines by wearing all black and bringing activists to speak on the red carpet. Shortly afterwards several actresses and actors, including Timothée Chalamet, donated their salaries from the indefinitely shelved Woody Allen project.
You can reach out to Time’s Up for help here.