Why Were So Many People Wearing Black at The Golden Globes?

The 75th Annual Golden Globes took place last night, and the red carpet was star studded, but donned in black. 

 

Did a notorious Hollywood name die? No. Black was worn on the red carpet by many men and women in solidarity with the #TimesUp movement. 

 

The Golden Globes red carpet is usually overflowing with color and sequins, and this year stars like Reese Witherspoon, Oprah, and Meryl Streep all chose to wear black. Even many male celebrities chose to stand in solidarity by wearing black and pinning a black and white TIME'S UP pin to their lapels.

 

Time's Up started showing up on our social media feeds in 2018 by the women of the entertainment industry who have chosen to stand in solidarity with women who have faced inequality and injustice in the workplace. Women in the entertainment industry have begun to speak out against their abusers rather than staying with the trend of keeping quiet. 

Back in November, 700,000 women from the Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, an alliance of women who are current and former farm workers or hail from families of farm workers, penned a letter that they stood with the women of Hollywood speaking against their oppression they are facing in the industry. Read the original letter here. 

In response, the Time's Up movement was created. Women of the entertainment industry are in an extremely vulnerable time right now. One of the biggest reasons for survivors of harassment and sexual assault do not speak out is the fear of being exiled from their workplace or not being believed. Women in the entertainment industry have tolerated sexual assault from higher ups in the industry for fear of their careers being halted if they spoke out. We have decided to no longer make this the normal fact of life, that no longer are women going to keep quiet about what they have experienced. Men in Hollywood are getting called out and taken off of projects for sexually assaulting both women AND men. 

"Powered by women, TIME’S UP addresses the systemic inequality and injustice in the workplace that have kept underrepresented groups from reaching their full potential. We partner with leading advocates for equality and safety to improve laws, employment agreements, and corporate policies; help change the face of corporate boardrooms and the C-suite; and enable more women and men to access our legal system to hold wrongdoers accountable." 

The above statement comes directly from the Time's Up website. If you ever feel as if you have ever been treated unfairly in the workplace, they give resources on how to seek justice. In response to the women of the Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, a response letter was penned, that sits on the front of their website.

Letter of Solidarity

1 in 3 women have been sexually harassed in the workplace and 71% of those women did not report it. 

25% of sexual harassment cases reported by EEOC were by women in service level industries.

Women in male dominated industries are more likely to be harassed than women who work in balanced or female dominated industries. 

White women are paid 81 cents to the dollar of their white male counterparts. For women in minorities, Asian women were paid 88 cents, Black women are paid 65 cents, and Hispanic women are paid 59 cents to the white male dollar. 

From 2007 to 2016 only 4% of the top earning directors were female, and seven of those were a woman of color. 

More than 1/3 of the world do not have any laws protecting people from sexual harassment. 

1 in 30 C-Suite leaders are a woman of color.

Statistics provided by Time's Up.

 

Before I end this article, I feel the need to point something out. So many people mistake feminism as hating men, or wanting women to overtake men in their industries. This isn't true. Feminists want EQUALITY in their chosen fields. We want to make the same amount of money as the white man that is exactly equal to them in their job positions. We don't want to feel scared to report harassment in our industries due to the fear of being exiled. According to Merriam Webster the definition of feminism is "the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes."

 

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