As expected, last night’s Golden Globes was a night of women (and their male allies) making powerful declarations that let the world know that sexual harassment and assault against women have no place in Hollywood or beyond.
Women used fashion as a weapon to tackle sexual assault.
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The #MeToo movement, originally created by activist Tarana Burke in 2007 and reignited by actress Alyssa Milano via a tweet in October, led female power players in the entertainment industry to start off the new year by launching Time’s Up. The initiative lends legal support to victims of sexual abuse across all industries.
Time’s Up held one of its first efforts at last night’s award show.
The red carpet carried a sea of statement outfits, with nearly every woman in attendance, including Oprah, America Ferrera, Alexis Bledel, Eva Longoria Bastón, and Salma Hayek, wearing all black in solidarity with victims of sexual harassment.
Many, including many male attendees, also wore pins of the “Time’s Up” logo and used their voices to advocate against sexual harassment and gender inequality in all workplaces.
Actresses used their time on the red carpet to discuss the movement. Even Jennifer Lopez, who was in Puerto Rico on a relief mission to aid Hurricane Maria victims, took time to back the women behind the movement at a press conference in which she also wore all black.
Electrifying speeches and scathing commentary from presenters demanded for men to do better.
Talk about #mondaymotivation Words can’t express how much this woman means to me and so many others. With her weight struggles and her honesty and inspiration she took my breath away last night @goldenglobes Her speech was so inspiring and made us love her that much more! Congratulations @oprah on being the first black woman to receive the #cecilbdemillelifetimeachievementaward and thank you for all you give to the world! #oprah #oprahwinfrey #timesup #metoo #goldenglobes #phenomenalwoman #womanwithcurves #legend #icon
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In a savage zing that has now gone viral, Natalie Portman called out the lack of gender parity in the directing category during her announcement of the “all male” nominees for best director. Barbara Streisand, the only woman to ever win the award, called out the fact that she won 34 years ago.
Oprah Winfrey’s acceptance speech, which braided stories of her childhood and family with commentary on race, misogyny, and the current state of politics, called for “a time when nobody ever has to say, ‘Me too,’ again.”
While nearly every woman at the awards ceremony spoke up about harassment, not one male winner used their time on stage to mention Me Too or Time’s Up, reminding us that men need to speak up if they’re to be true allies.
Tbh the real gold was in the way women showed up for one another.
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Ditching their usual partners as dates, actresses stepped out on the carpet with strong female role models at their side. Salma Hayek and Ashley Judd walked the red carpet together, as did America Ferrera and Natalia Portman. Others brought some of the most influential and invigorating activists as their dates. Rosa Clemente, a devoted advocate for media justice, escorted Susan Sarandon. Michelle Williams had Burke on her arm the whole night, and Mónica Ramírez, co-founder of Alianza Nacional de Campesina, attended with Laura Dern.
And actresses like Debra Messing, Laura Dern, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Longoria Bastón also used their red carpet interviews with anchors from E! to call out the fact that the network pays its female hosts less than their male counterparts. Messing in particular expressed her solidarity with former host Catt Sadler, who quit after finding out her co-anchor Jason Kennedy makes double her salary.
For years, the entertainment industry has touted the Golden Globes as an opportunity to highlight the beauty and glamour of its actresses. It’s been a long-standing tradition for outlets to ask women who they’re wearing and ripping them apart later. Seeing the women of Hollywood use their platform to amplify the voices of all women proves 2018 will be a year of continued progress in the fight for gender equality.