Published: 2018-01-08 10:13
Last Updated: 2018-01-08 11:09
After Hollywood sexual harassment scandals switched the focus on show business and the media, Hollywood actresses decided to move and start 2018 by an initiative that will help all women from all professions in facing the sexual abuse and its consequences.
Around three hundred Hollywood actresses launched the Time's Up campaign to focus on helping women in less privileged professions protect themselves from sexual misconduct and the consequences that may arise from reporting it.
The “Anti-Harassment Plan”, was announced in a full-page ad in the New York Times with an open letter signed by hundreds of women in show business, including Natalie Portman, Emma Stone, Reese Witherspoon, Ashley Judd, Eva Longoria, America Ferrera, Rashida Jones and Kerry Washington.
“The struggle for women to break in, to rise up the ranks and to simply be heard and acknowledged in male-dominated workplaces must end; time’s up on this impenetrable monopoly,” the letter says.
The campaign was launched ahead before the 75th edition of the Golden Globe Awards ceremony that took place on Sunday night, and had its main theme about women rights, sexual harassment campaign and gender equality.
Hollywood actresses wore all black in the ceremony, as agreed in the #TimesUp campaign, to show solidarity with women of the #MeToo movement, who raised the most influential campaign during 2017 allowing women to speak up about their sexual abuse stories and experiences.
The campaign led hundreds of thousands of women to speak up their sexual abuse stories, including accusations against certain male public figures of sexually harassing them, resulting in firing them from their positions.
The ceremony started when actresses arrived to the red carpet, and eight of them was accompanied by women activists as their dates to the ceremony.
Including Meryl Streep who was accompanied by AI-Jen Poo, an American activist, Michelle Williams also brought #MeToo movement founder, Emma Watson and many others who brought women rights activists.
Moreover, during presenting the awards, the award-winning actress, Natalie Portman was praised for criticising the lack of female representation in the Best Director category she was presenting at the Golden Globes, as it was dominated all by male directors.
On its turn, Oprah Winfrey, the media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist became the first black woman to receive the Cecil B DeMille award.
It is an honorary Golden Globe Award bestowed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment"
Oprah had everybody talking about her influential speech, in which she covered everything from racism to #MeToo and even led to a standing applause across the room.
During her speech, Oprah mentioned the stories that mostly affected her, starting from her childhood until the moment. All moments that made up her personality to be what she is right now.
Talking about the MeToo campaign, and sexual harassment allegations in Hollywood, she said: “it's not just a story affecting the entertainment industry. It's one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics, or workplace”.
“So I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue.”
"They're the women whose names we'll never know. They are domestic workers and farm workers. They are working in factories and they work in restaurants and they're in academia, engineering, medicine, and science,” Oprah said.