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Breaking Hollywood norms, actresses bring activists to the red carpet for golden globes

Miri Malek January 10, 2018 January 10th, 2018

Sunday’s Golden Globes gave a platform to the best of film and television, but it also highlighted the much-needed inclusion of activism in Hollywood. Attendees wore black to symbolize their support for #metoo and the #timesup movements against sexual harassment and assault in the workplace. The celeb’s commitment to activism went beyond a monotone dress code. Eight actresses brought activists to the red carpet, giving these social advocates a highly visible platform to make their messages heard. Check out the organizations that these wonderful women spearhead, and get inspired to donate your dollars or time to a good cause.

Susan Sarandon invites Rosa Clemente

Rosa Clemente lives in the space where music and politics meets. She’s a community organizer, journalist and hip-hop advocate. She’s the founder of Know Thyself Productions, which deals with “hip-hop activism, media justice, voter engagement among youth of color, third party politics, intercultural relations between Black and Latinx, immigrants’ rights as an extension of human rights, and universal healthcare.” Fun fact: She was the pick for vice prez for the Green Party’s 2008 presidential bid.

Emma Stone invites Billie-Jean King

You probably know a few things about Billie-Jean King, due to her recent portrayal by Emma Stone in the film Battle of the Sexes. She was the first openly gay high-profile athlete in the US, and has participated in a lifetime of activism for LGBTQ causes. We even wrote a piece about how she’s a an inspirational lesbian icon.

Meryl Streep invites Ai-jen Poo

Ai-jen Poo is a MacArthur “genius” who has fought tirelessly for the rights of domestic workers, and is the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. She tweeted: “great to be here on the red carpet having this important conversation about low-income women’s experiences w/sexual assault and harassment.”

Shailene Woodley invites Calina Lawrence

Calina Lawrence makes sure the first Americans are getting what’s theirs. She uses her music and art to bring attention to issues and inequalities affecting Native Americans. She acts in partnership with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe as an advocate for the ongoing issue of water rights and treaty recognition for Native Americans.

Michelle Williams invites Tarana Burke

Ever heard of #metoo? Over 10 years ago, Tarana Burke birthed the “Me Too” movement, which gained viral status this year with an eponymous hashtag. She directs multiple organizations dealing with the health, well-being, and protection of girls and women, including Just Be Inc and Girls for Gender Equity in Brooklyn.

Laura Dern invites Monica Ramirez

Monica Ramirez is looking after our girls working the fields. She’s is an attorney who has used her passion for social justice to defend the rights of farmworkers. She’s the co-founder and president of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas – an organisation that seeks to end the exploitation of female farmworkers, and does work with the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Amy Poehler invites Saru Jayaraman

Ever worked in a restaurant? Saru Jayaraman has got your back, having founded Restaurant Opportunities Centers United and Women and Youth Supporting Each Other. She’s got a concrete goal that will lower workplace harassment: “getting rid of the $2.13 wage that in many states means you’ve got a 70% female workforce living entirely on tips. States that require women to be paid the full minimum wage have half the rate of harassment.”

Emma Watson invites Marai Larsai

Marai Larasi is the executive director of Imkaan, a UK-based, black feminist organisation that works to respond to and prevent violence against women and girls. She said: “We are mindful that this is a critical moment, where a clear message is being sent to survivors of violence: we see and hear you, we believe you, we support you. We are you. We say: time’s up!”

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