Inviting organizers is a savvy way to pass the microphone to those advocating for marginalized women outside the Hollywood bubble.
In their push to highlight the problems of sexual harassment and gender inequality, eight actresses at the Golden Globes ceremony (Monday morning, Singapore time) are extending their political statements to their plus-ones.
It's for this reason that Streep chose to walk the red carpet this year with Ai-jen Poo, who is the Executive Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.
Additionally, both actors and actresses will wear specially-made "Times's Up" lapel pins in an effort to raise awareness of the newly-created Time's Up initiative, which seeks to provide legal funds and representation to women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted in the workplace. "We are participants in this entertainment industry, and we have something to say". Stone, who is up for a Globe for her portrayal of Ms. King in the film "Battle of the Sexes". Many women are to wear black to the Golden Globes as a way of standing in solidarity with sexual harassment victims and those who have been treated unfairly in Hollywood.
Susan Sarandon is joining her fellow actresses in bringing an activist as her date.
Too much of the recent press attention has been focused on perpetrators and does not adequately address the systematic nature of violence including the importance of race, ethnicity and economic status in sexual violence and other forms of violence against women.
The #TIMESUP initiative joins an ever-growing collective of organizations, movements, and leaders working to end gender-based violence.
Learn more about Girls for Gender Equity and how to help the cause here.
Shailene Woodley will bring Calina Lawrence, a member of the Suquamish Tribe and advocate for Native Treaty Rights, using her music and activism to address racial injustice, police brutality, mass-incarceration, gentrification, violence against women and children, misrepresentation of Native Americans in education and mainstream media, climate injustice, blood quantum, foster youth, and suicide prevention.