These A-list women just made a political statement with their choice of Golden Globes dates

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  • ‘It’s a moment to transform both the written and unwritten rules that devalue the lives and experiences of women’

    The Golden Globes 2018 took place last night, and as the first event of the awards season calendar, it did not disappoint.

    Following in last year’s footsteps, the 2018 awards served as a platform for political protest – and while last year’s focus was protesting Trump’s immigration ban – this year targeted sexual harassment.

    The past few months have been consumed by a shocking wave of sexual harassment and assault allegations against Hollywood heavyweights, prompted by the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment allegations, seeing over 50 women come forward with claims of harassment and in some cases rape against the 65-year-old.

    In light of the revelations, A-list women have united ahead of the Globes, creating the #TIMESUP movement to ‘address the systemic inequality and injustice in the workplace that have kept underrepresented groups from reaching their full potential.’

    An overwhelming number of attendees wore black to the Golden Globes to protest the mistreatment of women, with men and women across the industry sporting a very political accessory designed for the event – a #TIMESUP pin.

    Some A-list women took it a step further, making a political statement with their choice of Golden Globe dates – in a push to highlight gender inequality, eight actresses brought inspirational female activists with them as their plus ones.

    Laura Dern

    Laura Dern and Mónica Ramírez, the co-founder of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas. Credit: Rex

    Amy Poehler

    Amy Poehler and Saru Jayaraman, president of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United and ROC Action, and director of the Food Labor Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley. Credit: Rex

    Susan Sarandon

    Susan Sarandon and Rosa Clemente, political spokesperson and commentator. Credit: Rex

    Meryl Streep

    Meryl Streep and Ai-Jen Poo, the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and co-director of the Caring Across Generations Campaign. Credit: Rex

    Emma Stone

    Emma Stone and Billie Jean King, founder of the Women’s Sports Foundation and the Women’s Tennis Association. Credit: Rex

    Emma Watson

    Emma Watson and Marai Larasi, the executive director of Imkaan (UK)

    Michelle Williams

    Michelle Williams and Tarana Burke, the founder of the #metoo movement and senior director at Girls for Gender Equity. Credit: Rex

    Issuing a joint statement, the eight activists announced that they plan to use their appearance at the Golden Globes to bring attention to the cause and to change the focus from the abusers to the survivors.

    ‘We believe we are nearing a tipping point in transforming the culture of violence in the countries where we live and work,’ they announced. ‘It’s a moment to transform both the written and unwritten rules that devalue the lives and experiences of women.’

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