Many of Hollywood’s A-listers ditched their partners at Sunday night’s Golden Globes, standing hand-in-hand instead with leading activists as a demonstration of solidarity with gender and racial justice movements. From the red carpet to the award show, fierce change-makers, including Latinas Rosa Clemente and Mónica Ramírez, had the opportunity to speak to the biggest celebrities and media networks about the social justice issues that are most dire to them.
While several of the evening’s stars dressed in black as a form of protest against sexual harassment, eight actresses — Michelle Williams, Emma Watson, Susan Sarandon, Meryl Streep, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, Amy Poehler and Emma Stone — brought an advocate as their date.
“Our goal in attending the Golden Globes is to shift the focus back to survivors and on systemic, lasting solutions,” reads a joint statement from the activists, who are also supporting Time’s Up, a new coalition of actresses, agents, lawyers and others standing up against sexual violence in the workplace. “This moment in time calls for us to use the power of our collective voices to find solutions that leave no woman behind.”
Sarandon, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in “Feud: Bette and Joan,” shared the night with Rosa Clemente, an Afro-Latina community organizer.
Me and #SusanSarandon my date for tonight’s #GoldenGlobes. #WeTheBaddest #FutureIsFemale #MeToo #TimesUp @Amypoehlersmartgirls @emmawatson @lauradern @shailenewoodley @susansarandon @aijenp @calinalawrence @jusmarai @monica_a_ramirez @Campesinasunite @Blackpuertoricanphd @Saru Jayaraman @roc_united @Taranajaneen @rosariodawson @traceeellisross @kerrywashington @GGENYC @MeTooMVMT @BillieJeanKing @Timesupnow @themakeagency @mizzketchupjarz @sopolitesociety
Clemente is also known for her work as a political commentator and as 2008’s vice presidential candidate for the Green Party ticket who in 2017 started PR on The Map to provide independent coverage of the struggle in Puerto Rico post-Hurricane Maria. On the red carpet, the New York-based activist spoke out about the several crises occurring right now on the island.
“We just want to let people know that till this day half of the people on the island are still without power, 90 percent don’t have access to clean water, and … women have stopped lactating because they don’t have proper nutrition,” Clemente told Access’ Kit Hoover and Scott Evans. “This is 3.5 American citizens that this government has neglected and this is almost 110 days after Hurricane Maria has hit.”
Dern, who won the award for best supporting actress in a limited series for her role as Renata Klein in HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” brought Monica Ramírez, a civil rights attorney and co-founder of the women’s farmworkers advocacy group Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, as her plus-one.
In a little while I will walk the red carpet with the amazing @lauradern. I am humbled and grateful. 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. It is not my moment. It belongs to all of us. Together we are creating a world where every woman and all people can work without fear of violence against them. It is one where all people can reach their full potential. Each step I take with my sisters tonight is one step closer toward safety, equality and justice for all.
“Farmworker women pick, pack and plant the food that we eat and have a long history of combating workplace sexual violence,” the Arizona-based Latina, who in November wrote a letter of solidarity with the women in Hollywood on behalf of hundreds of thousands of female farmworkers, told Ryan Seacrest on “E!’s Live From the Red Carpet.” “When we learned about what was happening in Hollywood, our members felt very strongly that they wanted to send a message to the women in this industry and all women who are experiencing sexual violence in the workplace that they are not alone. We stand with them, and we lend them our power and our strength as they move through this difficult time.”
Ramírez, who herself is the daughter and granddaughter of migrant farmworkers, dedicated her walk down the red carpet to her ancestors moving many to tears.
Walking down the red carpet on behalf of my ancestors; my family; the hundreds of thousands of farmworker women in our nation; my community; the many organizers, advocates and lawyers; and all of those who paved the way for this movement. @campesinasunite #TimesUp pic.twitter.com/6qRuSP41pn
— Monica Ramirez (@monica_promumi) January 8, 2018
She added that her organization fights for gender equality for farmworkers on all levels, from ending sexual harassment, to leadership promotion to equal pay.
Dern, whose powerful acceptance speech called on the entertainment industry to support survivors as well as restorative justice efforts, added that she encourages “all the powers that be and all the industries and all the networks and E!” to help women close the gender pay gap in their respective fields.
“50/50 by 2020,” she shouted.