Hollywood is seeing a bit of a reckoning in regards to men actually facing consequences. And while awards shows might seem like they would be all about the glitz and the glam, the women behind the #TimesUp movement aren't about that. And who Michelle Williams brought to the Golden Globes with her this year is the perfect depiction of that. The actress is known for being unconventional, but her date to the awards show Sunday night was a shake up in the best way.
According to The New York Times, Williams, along with a handful of other powerful female celebrities, have decided to use the platform the Golden Globes provides to shed even more light on sexual harassment in the workplace. Williams brought #MeToo hashtag founder and activist, Tarana Burke, as her date to Sunday night's event. And she's not alone. Per The New York Times, Williams was among several other A-listers who brought activists as their dates. Laura Dern, Amy Poehler, Susan Sarandon, Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, Emma Watson, and Shailene Woodley all announced prior to the awards that they would bring empowering women with them to the show. The Time's Up movement was officially launched on New Year's Day, and it's taken the world by storm ever since.
More than 300 women in the entertainment industry have announced their involvement in the movement. With them, other female activists in a plethora of industries are standing up to tell the world that time's up when it comes to sexual assault, harassment, and misconduct in the workplace. As Us Weekly reported, the Time's Up initiative "aims to raise money for a legal defense fund to provide support to those who have experienced sexual harassment, assault or abuse in the workplace."
So, now the women who are behind the movement are using the first major awards show of 2018 to remind everyone that they are banding together. Because it shouldn't matter if you can't afford a lawyer, if you've been a victim of sexual assault of any kind at work (or anywhere), you should be able to fight back.
So, back to Williams' date. Burke isn't just the founder of the acclaimed #MeToo movement (which was part of the TIME Person Of The Year for 2017), she is also the senior director of Girls for Gender Equality, a nonprofit that "promotes the physical, psychological, social and economic well-being of girls, women and ultimately the entire community," according to the organization's website.
Burke and the other seven women joining the actresses at the award's show have released a joint statement detailing the importance of them being there. In part, that statement reads:
Our goal in attending the Golden Globes is to shift the focus back to survivors and on systemic, lasting solutions. Each of us will be highlighting legislative, community-level and interpersonal solutions that contribute to ending violence against women in all our communities. It is our hope that in doing so, we will also help to broaden conversations about the connection to power, privilege and other systemic inequalities.
Read the full statement below:
Clearly, Williams and the other actresses are sending a message to men and everyone, really, that sexual harassment will not be tolerated in Hollywood and beyond.
The other activists in attendance at the Golden Globes are Marai Larasi, Rosa Clemente, Ai-jen Poo, Mónica Ramírez, Calina Lawrence, Saru Jayaraman, and Billie Jean King. All amazing women, who are coming together for equality, justice, and the right to be free from sexual harassment or assault in the workplace. Even if you haven't seen any of the nominated films or shows, these women are reason enough to tune in.
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