By Cynthia Littleton for Variety
Taylor donated $100,000 to the TIME'S UP Legal Defense Fund which helps those facing sexual harassment in the workplace.
Time’s "Up" movement is also behind the call for women to wear black to the Golden Globe Awards in a sign of solidarity with victims of sexual harassment who have come forward in recent months
with accusations against powerful figures.
The defense fund will be administered by the National Women’s Law Center, according to the "Time’s Up" website that went live today. The site features an open letter from “over 300 women who work
in film, television and theater,” although there are no signatures attached to the message that begins “Dear Sisters.”
“To every woman employed in agriculture who has had to fend off unwanted sexual 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, every garment and factory worker forced to trade sexual acts for more
shifts, every domestic worker or home health aide forcibly touched by a client, every immigrant woman silenced by the threat of her undocumented status being reported in retaliation for speaking
up and to women in every industry who are subjected to indignities and offensive behavior that they are expected to tolerate to make a living: We stand with you. We support you,” the letter read.
"Time’s Up" also encompasses the entertainment industry-focused effort spearheaded by LucasFilm chief Kathleen Kennedy and Anita Hill. The New York Times reported the group was a loose
coalition with numerous committees focused on various tasks but no central leaders. Rhimes, Witherspoon, Universal Pictures chief Donna Langley and prominent showbiz lawyer Nina Shaw are among
the key players. Contributors to the defense fund include Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, Stacey Snider, Dana Walden, Regina King, Felicity Huffman, Megan Ellison, Kate Hudson, Viola Davis,
Ava DuVernay, Alicia Vikander, Amy Poehler, Olivia Munn, Taylor Swift, Jessica Chastain, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, among many others. Rhimes and Witherspoon were among those spreading
the word on Twitter.
WME and ICM have donated $1 million apiece to the effort. Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw’s Wunderkinder Foundation has put up $2 million. J.J. Abrams and Katie McGrath have given $1 million.
The Time’s Up effort came together in the wake of explosive reports from the New York Times and New Yorker about sexual assault and harassment allegations against indie film mogul Harvey
Weinstein going back decades. The ensuing deluge of victims coming forward with stories of unwanted sexual advances and worse has impacted every corner of the economy, from politics, law, media
and academia to culinary and hospitality world.
"Time’s Up" was also inspired by the open letter addressed to women in Hollywood sent in November by members of the National Farmworkers Women’s Alliance pledging their support for victims who
came forward against Weinstein and a host of other prominent men.
“No more silence. No more tolerance for discrimination, harassment or abuse. Time’s Up,” the org’s website states. The website seeks donations from the public for the Time’s Up Legal Defense
Fund via the Go Fund Me platform. As of early on New Year’s Day, the effort has raised just over $13.4 million from 356 people, many of whom are boldface names. The Go Fund Me site lists the
org’s fundraising goal as $15 million.