Inspired by the new Time’s Up initiative advocating for gender equality and battling sexual harassment in Hollywood, eight high-profile actresses will be accompanied by activists from a range of fields at the Golden Globes Sunday night.
Michelle Williams, Emma Watson, Susan Sarandon, Meryl Streep, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, Amy Poehler, and Emma Stone will be joined at the ceremony by Tarana Burke, Marai Larasi, Rosa Clemente, Ai-jen Poo, Mónica Ramírez, Calina Lawrence, Saru Jayaraman, and Billie Jean King.
The eight activists said in a joint statement Sunday that they hope to refocus attention from perpetrators of abuse to survivors, and to use their collective voices to bring real change. “We believe we are nearing a tipping point in transforming the culture of violence in the countries where we live and work,” they said in the statement. “It’s a moment to transform both the written and unwritten rules that devalue the lives and experiences of women.”
They added, “We believe that people of all genders and ages should live free of violence against us. And, we believe that women of color, and women who have faced generations of exclusion — Indigenous, Black, Brown and Asian women, farmworkers and domestic workers, disabled women, undocumented and queer and trans women — should be at the center of our solutions. This moment in time calls for us to use the power of our collective voices to find solutions that leave no woman behind.”
Burke, the senior director of Girls for Gender Equality and founder of the #MeToo movement, will accompany Williams, a nominee for her performance in All the Money in the World. Larasi, executive director of Imkaan, will attend with Watson. Clemente, a community organizer, will join Sarandon, a nominee for Feud: Bette and June, and Poo, the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, will join Streep, a nominee for The Post.
Ramírez, co-founder of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, will join Dern, a nominee for Big Little Lies; Lawrence, a Suquamish Tribe member, singer, and activist, will join Woodley; and Jayaraman, co-founder and co-director of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, will join Poehler. King, the tennis icon and founder of the Women’s Tennis Association, will attend with Stone, who is nominated for portraying King in Battle of the Sexes.
View some of their tweets about the initiative below.