Some of the biggest actresses in Hollywood are bringing some new faces as their plus-ones to tonight’s 75th Annual Golden Globes. Meryl Streep, Susan Sarandon, Emma Stone, Michelle Williams, Laura Dern, Emma Watson, Amy Poehler and Shailene Woodley will be accompanied by activists from a variety of causes as part of a larger push from the Time’s Up initiative to highlight women’s rights, racial inequality and sexual harassment in the workplace. The move will accompany tonight’s #whywewearblack campaign, another stand in solidarity to support sexual harassment and assault survivors; with the majority of actresses planning to wear all black ensembles in a united show of support, the initiative hopes to spark a larger discussion on tonight’s red carpet.
In a joint statement, the Time’s Up Initiative explained that bringing activists and advocates to the Golden Globes, they would hopefully move the conversation about sexual harassment in Hollywood to support survivors and new solutions to change the situation, according to the NY Times. They said:
We believe we are nearing a tipping point in transforming the culture of violence in the countries where we live and work. It’s a moment to transform both the written and unwritten rules that devalue the lives and experiences of women.
The pairings are:
- Emma Stone and tennis champion and women’s rights activist Billie Jean King
- Susan Sarandon and political activist Rosa Clemente
- Meryl Streep and Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and co-director of the Caring Across Generations Campaign
- Michelle Williams and Tarana Burke, founder of the #metoo movement and senior director at Girls for Gender Equity
- Laura Dern and Mónica Ramírez, co-founder of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas
- Emma Watson and Marai Larasi, executive director of Imkaan (UK) and co-chair of the End Violence Against Women Coalition
- Shailene Woodley and Calina Lawrence, musician, member of the Suquamish Tribe and Native American rights activist
- Amy Poehler and Saru Jayarman, president of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, president of ROC Action, and director of the Food Labor Research Center at UC Berkeley
The Golden Globes will air live tonight at 5pm PST/8pm EST. See Awards Circuit’s final predictions on potential Golden Globe winners here.