Awards shows are used to seeing flocks of Hollywood actors and actresses in their colorful, glitzy suits and frocks. But at this year's 75th Golden Globe Awards, the red carpet saw a steady stream of influential people clad in black. No, it's not purely coincidental, but rather intentional. Their sartorial choice was meant to voice out a unified stance against sexual harassment.
To bring context to this bold statement, you may need to recall the many narratives that people from the industry have shared, stemming from the sexual assault allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. This led to many women coming forward with their accounts and experiences accompanied by the hashtag #MeToo. Perhaps after scratching the surface of this seemingly rampant yet unspoken violation against women, they've found the courage to make the first steps in taking action against their abusers.
Thus the founding of Time's Up, a movement that is backed up by the women in the industry. The movement aims "to address the systemic inequality and injustice in the workplace that have kept underrepresented groups from reaching their full potential. "
In an Instagram post, actress Rachel Brosnahan explains her choice of wearing black. It reads, "For equity and parity across all industries. For safety among every worker in every occupation. For inclusion of all women and marginalized people."
Additionally, the Time's Up movement's official Instagram accounts also lists their reasons why they encouraged everyone to wear black.
But it's not just their clothes that made a statement. Actresses who support the movement like Meryl Streep and Emma Watson also brought women activists to the show as their dates. Here are the eight women activists who graced the event:
1. Tarana Burke, Founder of the #MeToo Movement with Michelle Williams.
2. Rosa Clemente, a community organizer, political commentator and journalist came with Susan Sarandon.
3. Marai Larasi, executive director of Imkaan, a network of organizations in the UK that fights violence against black and minority women, with Emma Watson.
4. Monica Ramirez, co-founder of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, an organization dedicated for the welfare or female farmworkers, with Laura Dern.
5. Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and co-director of the Caring Across Generations Campaign, with Meryl Streep.
6. Saru Jayaraman, co-founder and co-director of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United and director of the University of California at Berkeley Food Labor Research Center, with Amy Poehler.
7. Calina Lawrence, an activist for Native American treaty and water rights, with Shailene Woodley.
8. Billie Jean King, an equal pay activist and founder of the Women's Tennis Association, with Emma Stone.
This movement calls for world wide aid and solidarity of women. As Oprah, who was awarded the Cecil B. deMille award puts it, "For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up."