The 8 A-List Activists Accompanying Celebs on the Golden Globes Red Carpet

“I walk on behalf of my ancestors; my family; the hundreds of thousands of farmworker women in our nation; my community; and all of those who paved the way for this movement,” says activist Mónica Ramírez, who walked the red carpet with Laura Dern

Ishani Nath

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 

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Actor Michelle Williams (R) and activist Tarana Burke attend The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
(Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage)

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.

Activist Rosa Clemente with Susan Sarandon

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: 75th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: Actor Susan Sarandon (R) arrives to the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
(Photo: Kevork Djansezian/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

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

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Actor Meryl Streep (L) and activist Ai-jen Poo attend The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
(Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage)

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.

Alianza Nactional de Campesinas co-founder Mónica Ramírez and Laura Dern

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: 75th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Activist Monica Ramirez and actor Laura Dern arrive to the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018. (Photo by Christopher Polk/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
(Photo: Christopher Polk/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

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

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: 75th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Emma Stone and tennis player Billie Jean King arrive to the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/NBCUniversal/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
(Photo: Neilson Barnard/NBCUniversal/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

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.

Restaurant Opportunities Centers United co-founder Saru Jayaraman with Amy Poehler

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Amy Poehler (L) and Saru Jayaraman attends The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
(Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

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.


Related:

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