Women and men overwhelmingly showed their support for the #MeToo and Time's Up movements by wearing black to the 2018 Golden Globes in L.A. Time's Up was a movement started by many leading ladies in Hollywood, including Kerry Washington, Reese Witherspoon, and Natalie Portman, as a way to stand in solidarity with victims of sexual harassment and assault, and to represent them with a legal-defense fund. Below, find out from the stars, in their own words, why they chose to wear black:
"Time is up on the imbalance of power in our society ... there's a real sense of celebration on the red carpet ... the reason we didn't just stay home is that we shouldn't have to sit out the night, or our seat at the table because of bad behavior that wasn't ours. We are looking out for anybody who feels marginalized, whether you are a woman or a man, or because of your sexual orientation ... that's why we formed a legal-defense fund. We are committed to making change not just in our industry but in every industry."—red carpet interview on NBC
Sarah Jessica Parker
"[Time's Up] is for all of us. To see this robust, enthusiastic stand of solidarity by so many means that not only is the conversation timely, but the basic idea—equality and parity—are not controversial. The more I talk about it, the more I see how much people want it." — red carpet interview on NBC
"[I'm] wearing black today in solidarity with the men and women asking for respect and equality across industry lines. Let's bring a stop to sexual harassment in the workplace." —on Twitter
"What I love about it is that it's not just wearing black to wear black. I keep saying that it is going to feel like a big funeral. But in a good way it just feels like the death of old Hollywood ... there's a new resolve, and it feels like even with the action points that we have with the legal-defense fund, and making agencies employ more women in position of power, it feels like this can actually get done. So it's more than just a color. It's more than just wearing black. We're about that action." —to InStyle
"I think that people are aware now of power imbalance and it's something that leads to abuse. It's led to abuse in our own industry ... 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, standing together in a thick black line." —red carpet interview on E!
"I'm wearing black to stand in solidarity with my sisters all over the globe and I'm here to celebrate the rollout of this incredible initiative. Time is up. We want diversity, we want intersectional gender parity, equal pay. I was so shocked to hear that E! doesn't believing in paying their female co-hosts the same as their male co-hosts. I miss Catt Sadler. So we stand with her. And that's something that can change tomorrow. We want people to start having this conversation that women are just as valuable as men." —red carpet interview on E!
"BECAUSE EVERY WOMAN, EVERYWHERE, HAS POWER AND A VOICE. BECAUSE EVERY WOMAN, EVERYWHERE, DESERVES SAFETY AND DIGNITY." — on Twitter
"With the women's march and now this, it really feels like a revolution is taking place. Although it's not going to solve all the problems, I'm proud to be here and to be part of it today." —red carpet interview on E!
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.