Even before the red carpet was rolled out, the 2018 Golden Globes was unlike any of its 74 previous iterations. This year, instead of brightly-coloured gowns, the carpet is a sea of black, a visual show of solidarity for the Time’s Up campaign protesting gender inequality and sexual harassment. And the all-black dress code isn’t the only way Hollywood celebs are bringing activism to the red carpet. Eight A-list actresses involved in the Time’s Up campaign walked the red carpet accompanied by equally A-list advocates and activists who have fought and continue to fight for gender and racial justice.
According to a statement put out by the Time’s Up campaign, the goal is to shift the spotlight away from the sexual predators that have dominated the headlines and put it on those working for change.
“Too much of the recent press attention has been focused on perpetrators and does not adequately address the systematic nature of violence including the importance of race, ethnicity and economic status in sexual violence and other forms of violence against women,” reads a joint statement from the gender and racial justice activists attending tonight’s Golden Globes. “Our goal in attending the Golden Globes is to shift the focus back to survivors and on systemic, lasting solutions. Each of us will be highlighting legislative, community-level and interpersonal solutions that contribute to ending violence against women in all our communities. It is our hope that in doing so, we will also help to broaden conversations about the connection to power, privilege and other systemic inequalities.”
Here are the eight women activist-actress duos who walked the red carpet, and trust, these are women you should follow immeds:
#MeToo founder Tarana Burke with Michelle Williams
With an awards show that is being attended by many of the women who recently spoke out about their experiences with sexual harassment and misconduct using #MeToo, it seems fitting that the movement’s original founder be in attendance. Tarana Burke, who was recently honoured as one of the “silence breakers” named as Time’s person of the year, walked the red carpet with actress Michelle Williams, who is nominated for All the Money in the World.
Imkaan executive director Marai Larasai with Emma Watson
Marai Larasai is the executive director of Imkaan, a British organization that fights violence against Black women, and she’s also basically an IRL Wonder Woman. Larasai attended the awards with actress Emma Watson, who is a presenter.
Tonight I walk into this space knowing that my ancestors fought for the simple right to live. Tonight I stand in their honour. We choose to take our #resistance EVERYWHERE! We stand in #solidarity with each other across our differences & in our commonalities. We say: #TimesUp
— Marai Larasi (@MaraiLarasi) January 7, 2018
Activist Rosa Clemente with Susan Sarandon
The New York Times described Rosa Clemente as “a community organizer focused on political prisoners, voter engagement and Puerto Rican independence”—but in short, she is a total badass. From covering the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina as a journalist to advocating for hip-hop culture and sitting on the board for Black Lives Matter and the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, Clemente has worked to mobilize communities around a variety of causes. She walked the red carpet with Susan Sarandon, who is nominated for Feud: Bette and Joan.
National Domestic Workers Alliance director Ai-jen Poo with Meryl Streep
Ai-jen Poo is an award-winning activist who fights for the rights of domestic workers as the executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. She’s been named a MacArthur Foundation “genius” fellow in 2014, one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune and earned numerous other titles. For the Golden Globes, she accompanied actress Meryl Streep, who is nominated for The Post.
Big news: Today I’m joining Meryl Streep at the #GoldenGlobes to say #TIMESUP on sexual harassment and abuse. We stand with women working Hollywood and across all industries to say we all deserve safe and dignified workplaces. https://t.co/SG5d873GHP
— Ai-jen Poo (@aijenpoo) January 7, 2018
Alianza Nactional de Campesinas co-founder Mónica Ramírez and Laura Dern
Mónica Ramírez has been advocating for the rights of farmworkers, low-paid immigrant women and Latinas for more than two decades. For instance, she founded the first U.S. legal project to end workplace sexual violence and other forms of gender discrimination against migrant farmworker and low-paid immigrant women. “Each step I take with my sisters tonight is one step closer toward safety, equality and justice for all,” Ramírez wrote on Instagram. She attended the Golden Globes with actress Laura Dern, who is nominated for her role in Big Little Lies.
Native American activist Calina Lawrence with Shailene Woodley
A member of the Suquamish Tribe, Calina Lawrence is a musician that has dedicated her art to “POC racial injustice, police brutality, mass-incarceration, gentrification, misrepresentation of Native Americans in education/mainstream United States media, climate injustice, blood quantum and enrollment issues, foster youth, suicide prevention, violence against women, and many other causes.” Lawrence walked the red carpet with actress Shailene Woodley, who starred in Big Little Lies, which is nominated for best series.
Feminist and LGBTQ activist Billie Jean King with Emma Stone
Tennis superstar, vocal feminist and gay rights activist Billie Jean King attended the Golden Globes with Emma Stone, who portrays her in the Golden Globe-nominated film Battle of the Sexes. The film documents King’s fight for female athletes and her journey to founding the Women’s Tennis Association.
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) January 7, 2018
Restaurant Opportunities Centers United co-founder Saru Jayaraman with Amy Poehler
Saru Jayaraman has been advocating on behalf of restaurant workers in America since 9/11, when Restaurant Opportunities Centers United launched to support workers displaced by the tragedy. As co-founder and co-director, she works to increase wages and improve working conditions in the food industry. Jayaraman walked the red carpet with Smart Girls founder Amy Poehler.
— Saru Jayaraman (@SaruJayaraman) January 7, 2018
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