LOS ANGELES – Meryl Streep, Michelle Williams, Emma Watson and Amy Poehler are among the eight actresses who are planning to bring gender and racial justice activists as their guests to the Golden Globe Awards Sunday evening in an effort to shift the focus back on survivors and solutions, and away from perpetrators of sexual misconduct.
Streep will walk the red carpet with Ai-jen Poo, the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Williams with Tarana Burke, the founder of the “me too” movement and Watson will bring Marai Larasi, the executive director of Imkaan, a Black-feminist organization.
Poehler’s guest is Saru Jayaraman, president of Restaurant Opportunities Centers, Shailene Woodley is being accompanied by Suquamish Tribe member Calina Lawrence, Laura Dern is walking alongside Monica Ramirez, a supporter of worker-led movements, and Susan Sarandon is bringing Rosa Clemente, a political commentator. Nominee Emma Stone is also taking tennis champ and advocate Billie Jean King, who the actress portrayed in the film “Battle of the Sexes.”
In a statement Sunday, the advocates say they were inspired by the Time’s Up initiative, which launched Monday with the backing of hundreds of Hollywood women, like Streep, Reese Witherspoon and Shonda Rhimes. The initiative vowed support for women in the entertainment business and beyond, from janitors to health care workers.
“Each of us will be highlighting legislative, community-level and interpersonal solutions that contribute to ending violence against women in all our communities,” the advocates’ statement said Sunday. “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.”
The statement says that women of color should be at the center of the solutions.
“We want to encourage all women – from those who live in the shadows to those who live in the spotlight, from all walks of life, and across generations – to continue to step forward and know that they will be supported when they do,” the statement continued.
Many attending the Golden Globes will also be wearing black to protest sexual harassment. Mark Ruffalo tweeted Sunday that he would also be wearing black “in solidarity with the men and women asking for respect and equality.” He encouraged others to tweet themselves wearing black with the hashtag #TimesUp.