Some of Hollywood’s biggest female stars made an important stand at this year’s Golden Globes.
Actresses Laura Dern, Amy Poehler, Susan Sarandon, Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, Emma Watson, Michelle Williams and Shailene Woodley left their significant others at home to share the spotlight with eight female activists to highlight the Time’s Up movement.
The initiative, which has been established by some of Hollywood’s most prominent women - including Reese Witherspoon, Debra Messing, Shonda Rhimes, Charlize Theron and Sarah Jessica Parker - aims to highlight sexual harassment, intimidation and inequality in the workplace towards women.
Sarah Jessica Parker said that the message is across all industries and was about "powerful and strong women coming together to work together."
In addition to highlighting these issues on the red carpet, all actresses wore black in support of the movement.
In a joint statement all eight activists spoke about the importance of highlighting these issues against women, saying: “We believe we are nearing a tipping point in transforming the culture of violence in the countries where we live and work,” the women said. “It’s a moment to transform both the written and unwritten rules that devalue the lives and experiences of women.”
Each one also made their message heard on the red carpet. Maria Larasai, who walked with Emma Watson, said: "There’s a wall of silence around women and girls, and every time someone speaks out it puts a crack in that wall."
The founder of the #metoo movement, Tarana Burke, who attended with Michelle Williams, said this was a very powerful platform for their messages to be heard.
"This is something that I started out of necessity and because it’s what my community needed. We’re seeing a collaboration between these two worlds and it’s very powerful."
The activists included:
Tarana Burke: The senior director of Girls for Gender Equity and founder of the #metoo movement, who walked with Michelle Williams.
Marai Larasi: The executive director of Imkaan, a UK based organisation which addresses violence against Black minoritised women and girls, who walked with Emma Watson.
Rosa Clemente: A community organizer focused on political prisoners, who walked with Susan Sarandon.
Ai-jen Poo: The director of the National Domestic Worker Alliance, who walked with Meryl Streep.
Monica Ramirez: who speaks out against sexual violence and promotes Latina empowerment, who walked with Laura Dern.
Calina Lawrence: A Suquamish Tribe member and activist for Native American treaty, who walked wtih Shailene Woodley.
Saru Jayaraman: A workplace justice advocate, who walked with Amy Poehler.
Billie Jean King: A tennis champion and founder of the Women’s Tennis Association, who walked with Emma Stone.
Golden Globes host, Seth Meyers, acknowledged the presence of each activist and the Time's Up movement in his opening speech.
He praised all of the women in the room saying, “I look forward to you leading us into whatever comes next."