Lucasfilm President, producer, and one of the most powerful women in Hollywood, Kathleen Kennedy, has proposed a plan to tackle the film industry's long standing problem of sexual harassment within its ranks.
In a speech at Elle's Women In Hollywood event held on Monday night. The movie mogul voiced the idea of creating an anti-sexual harassment commission.
Kathleen Kennedy urges the American film industry to immediately create a commission
"I’ve been in discussions with friends and colleagues, and I want to use my few moments of speaking tonight to offer a proposal," Kennedy said. "The organizations that constitute the American film industry, the studios, the unions, the guilds, and the talent agencies should immediately convene a commission charged with the task of developing new, industry-wide protections against sexual harassment and abuse."
She then went on to explain the mechanics of the proposed commission. "This commission should be composed of specialists in labor and management practices, lawyers and legal scholars, sociologists, psychologists, feminists, activists, and theorists, as well as people who work in film and television," she explained. "The commission should be fully funded by our industry in order to address the task at hand in a thorough-going, comprehensive fashion."
It seems that this woman has done her homework and her idea does make a lot of sense. And she is not just talking about it at a public event. As she has mentioned in her speech, she has discussed this with her colleagues, and she also revealed that she has asked the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in which she is a governor, to "take the first steps toward creating this commission."
Kathleen Kennedy's proposal comes amidst the fallout from the large amount of systematic sexual harassment allegations thrown against powerful producer, Harvey Weinstein.
And while there have been plenty of condemnation of Weinstein's alleged actions, and against sexual harassment in Hollywood at large, there really has been no concrete plan of action to tackle the issue. Until Kathleen Kennedy.
So thank you for getting the ball rolling.