At the Golden Globes, Stars and Their Activist Guests Talk About Why They Fight

Posted January 8, 2018 12:40 a.m. EST

They wore black and they arrived in pairs. Eight actresses showed up on the Golden Globes red carpet with eight activists as their guests in a move intended to bring more attention to sexual harassment and gender inequality across the spectrum of professions. The decision was part of a broader effort driven by Time’s Up, an initiative announced last week by several hundred Hollywood women.

Below, what the pairs talked about on the red carpet (and beforehand).

— Emma Watson and Marai Larasi

“There’s something about women in Hollywood stepping out,” said Larasi, executive director of Imkaan, a British network of organizations working to end violence against black and minority women. “There is a wall of silence around violence against women and girls.” She added: “We don’t want to create hierarchies.”

— Michelle Williams and Tarana Burke

“This is something I started out of necessity,” said Burke, senior director of the nonprofit Girls for Gender Equity, of the #MeToo movement, which she founded. After Burke thanked Williams for bringing her to the Golden Globes, the actress, a nominee for her performance in “All the Money in the World,” said: “I appreciate it, but I thought I would have to raise my daughter to protect myself in a dangerous world, but because of the work Tarana is doing, we can live in a different world.”

— Amy Poehler and Saru Jayaraman

“Here in honor of the women servers, bussers, bartenders, runners, cooks, & hosts who experience the highest rates of sexual harassment of any industry in the country,” tweeted Jayaraman, a workplace-justice advocate for restaurant workers.

— Meryl Streep and Ai-jen Poo

“We all deserve workplaces where we’re safe and our work is valued and we can live and work with dignity,” said Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, on the red carpet with Streep, who was nominated for her performance in “The Post.” “And we have movement. And we want to say to everyone: They should join us.”

— Laura Dern and Mónica Ramírez

“Farmworker women pick and plant the food that we eat and have a long history of combating sexual violence,” said Ramírez, who fights sexual violence against farmworkers and pushes for Latina empowerment. Of the women working in Hollywood, she said, “We stand with them and we lend them our power and strength. Part of our work as an organization is to fight for gender equality across all lines.”

“50/50 by 2020,” said Dern, who won for her performance in “Big Little Lies,” referring to a key goal of Time’s Up: to have gender parity at talent agencies and studios in two years.

— Susan Sarandon and Rosa Clemente

“So honored to attend tonight’s Awards with @rosaclemente, a Puerto Rican activist & journalist who has come to remind us that PR is still in crisis,” Sarandon, a nominee for “Feud: Bette and Joan,” tweeted about Clemente, a community organizer who is focused on political prisoners, voter engagement and Puerto Rican independence, and who also ran for vice president on the Green Party ticket in 2008.

— Emma Stone and Billie Jean King

“I think it’s one step at a time,” said King, a tennis champion and founder of the Women’s Tennis Association. “Every generation has to fight for equality and it’s now Emma’s turn with her generation. And it’s great to be here tonight wearing black. We really have to — it’s gotta stop, it’s gotta stop now. And we have to help each other and it’s everybody, all genders together.” Stone was nominated for a Globe for her portrayal of King in the film “Battle of the Sexes.”

— Shailene Woodley and Calina Lawrence

“We stand with women across all nations & all walks of life, in solidarity to say TIMES UP on the imbalance of power that exists between men & women today. may we walk with compassion, grace, & love as the sacred feminine rises within all of us,” Woodley tweeted before the show. Lawrence is a Suquamish Tribe member, singer and activist for, among other causes, Native American treaty and water rights.