The 75th annual Golden Globes took place January 7th and women in entertainment sent a powerful message of change in the film industry and more. In response to the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the disturbing sexual harassment allegations in the workplace that came to light, Hollywood celebrities wore all black to stand in solidarity with men and women who said #MeToo. The #MeToo movement started a national conversation about the reality that women face when powerful men abuse their power and the difficulty it is to report that abuse of power across all industries. Hundreds of powerful women announced an anti-harassment action plan called #TimesUp. Here are some of the women who inspired it all.
1. Eva Longoria and Reese Witherspoon
Soon-to-be-mother, Eva Longoria, and Reese Witherspoon have been at the forefront of the Time's Up movement and on Sunday they walked the Golden Globes together - in black. "This is not a moment, it's a movement," said Eva in regards to the anti-harassment action plan. The Mexican-American actress was not one to hold back about equal pay in her interview with E! saying, "We support gender equity and equal pay and we hope that E! follows that with Catt [Sadler]."
2. Salma Hayek and Ashley Judd@ashley_judd/Instagram
The actresses hit the Golden Globes red carpet together giving us serious #BFFgoals. Both actresses were in the film Frida and accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment but last night was a celebration of the solidarity and empowerment they felt for the movement #TimesUp.
3. Laura Dern and Monica Ramirez@monica_a_ramirez/Instagram
Laura Dern's plus one guest was Latina labor activist Monica Ramirez, the woman behind equal pay day and who inspired the Time's Up movement after writing an open letter on behalf of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, an organization that represents women farmworkers, pledging their solidarity. The letter says, "Even though we work in very different environments, we share a common experience of being preyed upon by individuals who have the power to hire, fire, blacklist and otherwise threaten our economic, physical and emotional security. Like you, there are few positions available to us and reporting any kind of harm or injustice committed against us doesn’t seem like a viable option." This inspired Times Up Legal Defense Fund to help victims fight against abuse, harassment, marginalization, and underrepresentation.
4. Sarandon and Rosa Clemente@blackpuertoricanphd/Instagram
Golden Globe nominee Susan Sarandon walked the carpet with Rosa Clemente, a Puerto Rican community organizer, and journalist who advocates for the Puerto Rican people in the island who are going through a humanitarian crisis. Clemente shares the untold stories in her project Puerto Rico on the Map. In an interview, the Bronx-born Latina told Access "this is 3.5 million American citizens that the government has neglected." She states 90% of people in Puerto Rico do not have access to clean water.