On Sunday, actresses arrived at the Golden Globes dressed in black as a sign of solidarity with the victims of sexual abuse and harassment and in support of gender equality.
However, some of the top actresses took the message a step further by swapping a traditional family member or significant for a female activist as their date.
Actress Meryl Streep, who was nominated for her role in “The Post,” brought
National Domestic Workers Alliance Director Ai-jen Poo.
“People are aware now of a power imbalance,” Streep said on the red carpet. “We feel sort of emboldened in this particular moment to stand together in a thick black line.”
Emma Stone, who was nominated for her portrayal of tennis icon Billie Jean King in “Battle of the Sexes,” brought the real Billie Jean King.
Laura Dern was nominated for her performance in the TV show “Big Little Lies” and walked the red carpet alongside sexual violence activist Mónica Ramírez.
Actress Amy Poehler brought Food Labor Research Center Director Saru Jayaraman as her date to the award show.
In 2015, Poehler created the “Ask Smart Girls” hashtag to encourage women being asked empowering, thought-provoking questions that transcend fashion on the red carpet.
Actress Susan Sarandon was nominated for her role portraying Bette Davis in “Feud: Bette and Joan,” and alongside her on the red carpet was community organizer and activist Rosa Clemente.
“As an organizer, any opportunity I have to bring an issue to the front of people who don’t know about it, we embrace that,” Clemente told Cara Buckley of The New York Times.
While actress Emma Watson wouldn’t be taking the stage for an acceptance speech on Sunday night, she used her platform as an actress to continue to shed light on women’s causes.
She brought Marai Larasi, the executive director of Imkaan, which is a black feminist network, with her to the award show.
“Emma’s fierce and feisty and fighty and isn’t afraid to speak out,” Larasi explained to Buckley.
Watson added, “If women have anything to do with it, this conversation is not going to stop.”
Actress Michelle Williams was nominated for her performance in “All the Money in the World” and brought civil rights activists and creator of the “Me Too” movement, Tarana Burke.
Actress Shailene Woodley, who is an activist herself, was nominated for her supporting role in the TV show “Big Little Lies.” She brought Calina Lawrence, a personal friend of hers and an activist, to the show.
Woodley called it “historic,” and Lawrence referred to being able to “speak the truth” on the red carpet as an “honor.”
“That’s what the power of sisterhood is — it’s celebrating one another,” Woodley said.
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