Tuesday 22 May 2018

Meryl Streep, Emma Stone and other actresses brought equality activists are their Golden Globes guests

Meryl Streep and Ai-jen Poo, the head of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, arrive for the 75th Golden Globe Awards on January 7, 2018, in Beverly Hills, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
Meryl Streep and Ai-jen Poo, the head of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, arrive for the 75th Golden Globe Awards on January 7, 2018, in Beverly Hills, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
Activist Marai Larasi and Emma Watson (R) attends The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Monica Ramirez (L) and Laura Dern arrive for the 75th Golden Globe Awards on January 7, 2018, in Beverly Hills, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
Meryl Streep and Ai-jen Poo, the head of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, arrive for the 75th Golden Globe Awards on January 7, 2018, in Beverly Hills, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images

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Meryl Streep, Emma Watson, Susan Sarandon and a host of other actresses were accompanied to the Golden Globe awards by equality activists on Sunday.

Michelle Williams, Emma Stone, Amy Poehler, Laura Dern and Shailene Woodley were also inspired by the Time's Up anti-harassment initiative and brought along various campaigners as their dates for the evening.

They said in a statement: '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."

Activist Marai Larasi and Emma Watson (R) attends The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Activist Marai Larasi and Emma Watson (R) attends The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Meryl walked the red carpet with Ai-jen Poo, the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance - an organisation aiming to help Caribbean, Latina and African nannies, housekeepers and caregivers have more power and respect - and was happy to be with her to take a stand to instigate change.

The legendary actress - who was nominated for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama, for her role in 'The Post' - told E! News: "She and I are so happy to be here in this particular moment.

"I think that people are aware now of a power imbalance and it's something that leads to abuse. It's led to abuse in our own industry, and it's led to abuse across domestic workers' field of work.

"It's in the military, it's in Congress, it's everywhere and we want to fix that. We feel sort of emboldened in this particular moment to stand together in a thick black line dividing then from now."

Meanwhile, 'Beauty and the Beast' star Emma was accompanied by Marai Larasi, executive director of Imkaan, a UK-based  organisation aimed at responding to and preventing violence against black women and girls, and the actress admitted she felt "emotional" at how many people are trying to instigate change in the wake of the sexual misconduct scandal.

She told Variety: "It really makes me really emotional thinking about the fact that the movement we've put together is across industries, it's across communities, it's across spaces.

Monica Ramirez (L) and Laura Dern arrive for the 75th Golden Globe Awards on January 7, 2018, in Beverly Hills, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
Monica Ramirez (L) and Laura Dern arrive for the 75th Golden Globe Awards on January 7, 2018, in Beverly Hills, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images

"This issue doesn't just affect women in Hollywood, this issues is affecting women everywhere in every country around the world. It is global, it is systemic, it is structural."

Marai added: "What we're basically saying is not the beginning of the movement or the end of the movement. But it is a critical point."

Susan, who was nominated for Best Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture for TV for her role in 'Feud' felt "so honoured" to have political commentator and journalist Rosa Clemente as her date for the evening, while Laura  - who won Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture for TV for 'Big Little Lies' - was "very, very excited" to walk the red carpet with Monica Ramirez, head of the National Farmworkers Women's Alliance.

She told E! News' Ryan Seacrest: "I'm very, very excited to be here with Mónica Ramírez.

"I reached out to her to say that she stood with all the 700,000 women farm workers in solidarity for the women in our industry who were brave enough to speak out about sexual harassment and assault."

Meanwhile, Michelle was accompanied by #MeToo founder Tarana Burke, Amy brought along Saru Jayaraman, co-founder of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, an organisation which aims to influence fair wages and safe workplaces for restaurant workers, Emma Stone was accompanied by Billie Jean King, the tennis legend she portrayed in 'Battle of the Sexes', who is also a longtime advocate for women and LGBT rights, and Shailene stepped out with Suquamish Tribe member Calina Lawrence.

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