Time’s Up: Reese Witherspoon and Cate Blanchett back campaign to fight sexual harassment

"We see you, we thank you".

Over 300 actresses, writers and directors including Cate Blanchett, Reese Witherspoon and Emma Stone have backed a new campaign to fight against sexual harassment.

The Time’s Up initiative was announced via a full-page advert in the New York Times, and is described as a “unified call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere”.

The campaign comes in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations that have been levelled at Hollywood heavyweights including mogul Harvey Weinstein and Oscar winner Kevin Spacey.

In an open letter posted online, the organisers of Time’s Up explained how the campaign was initially inspired by a letter of solidarity from the National Farmworker Women’s Alliance after the first allegations against Weinstein emerged.

“To the members of Alianza and farmworker women across the country, we see you, we thank you, and we acknowledge the heavy weight of our common experiences of being prayed upon, harassed and exploited by those who abuse their power and threaten our physical and economic security”, the letter states.

The letter also claimed that it is aimed at “every woman…who has had to fend off sexual advances.”

So far, the campaign has been backed by over 300 figures including Natalie Portman, Reese Witherspoon, Cate Blanchett, Eva Longoria and Emma Stone.

It has also raised more than $13m (£9.6m) of its $15m target.

Last month, Time Magazine awarded its ‘Person of The Year’ award to the ‘Silence Breakers’, the women and men who bravely spoke out to expose sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry.