Ellen Page has joined a legion of other celebrities in a groundbreaking campaign to end sexual harassment in Hollywood and beyond.
Time’s Up, which launched on January 1, counts more than 300 Hollywood and entertainment figures in its initiative, which was announced with a full-page ad in the New York Times.
In a bid to end sexual harassment in the wake of Harvey Weinstein and James Toback, the stars have pledged their name, time and a $13m legal defense fund to help those in less privileged positions combat the threat of harassment in their workplace.
Inspired by the 700,000 farmworkers who signed an in solidarity letter when the actions of the disgraced movie mogul and director came into public knowledge, Page and the other women in the entertainment industry decided to use their influence to help victims of harassment in every industry.
“Time’s up on silence. Time’s up on waiting,” wrote the Juno star.
“Time’s up on tolerating discrimination, harassment and abuse. #TimesUp Sign the solidarity letter & donate to the @TIMESUPNW Legal Defense Fund: https://timesupnow.com,” she tweeted.
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Time's up on silence. Time's up on waiting. Time's up on tolerating discrimination, harassment… https://t.co/7WhPTMSiAn
— Ellen Page (@EllenPage) January 1, 2018
The open letter, which has also been signed by LGBT allies Orange Is The New Black’s Uzo Aduba, Debra Messing and Cate Blanchett, says that the campaign has been launched “for all victims and survivors to be able to access justice and support for the wrongdoing they have endured.”
“To every woman employed in agriculture who has to fend off unwanted advances from her boss, every housekeeper who has tried to escape an assaultive guest, every janitor trapped nightly in a building with a predatory supervisor, every waitress grabbed by a customer and expected to take it with a smile… we stand with you. We support you,” the open letter reads.
Household names Ashley Judd, Eva Longoria, America Ferrera, Rashida Jones and Kerry Washington are also part of the initiative, as well as Emma Stone and Natalie Portman.
The group is accepting donations to their legal defense fund to help victims and survivors, and have pledged to wear black at The Golden Globes to raise awareness of the cause.
Page accused X-Men creator Brett Ratner of sexually harassing her when she was just 18.
Ratner, who has been accused of rape by former employee Melanie Kohler, allegedly told a woman standing next to Page: ‘You should f*** her to make her realise she’s gay.’