Celebs Are Bringing Activists As Their Dates To Today's Golden Globes

Hollywood stars are wearing black to speak out against sexual harassment in the workplace, and it's not just about matters in Hollywood.

Meryl Streep, Debra Messing, Michelle Williams and other actresses arriving on the red carpet explained that the awards-show "blackout" is created to show solidarity around the new Time's Up initiative, which in turn aims to call for legislative and other solutions to end widespread sexual misconduct and inequality in Hollywood and in other American workplaces. "It's time for us to make a difference, and everyone can make a difference and reach out and learn more at TimesUpNow.com", added Dern.

"Women in Hollywood have an opportunity to amplify the issues and shine a light on things".

Streep donned black as many of her colleagues did and brought National Domestic Workers Alliance Director Ai-jen Poo as her date for the evening.

Susan Sarandon tweeted that she was honored to attend the awards show with Rosa Clemente, a Puerto Rican activist and journalist who "has come to remind us that PR is still in crisis". Poehler is with Sary Jayaraman, who advocates for restaurant workers; Dern is taking Mónica Ramírez, a Latina empowerment activism who focuses on sexual violence against farmworkers.

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Billie Jean King, the tennis champion who founded the Women's Tennis Association, will accompany Stone, who is up for a Globe for her portrayal of King in the film Battle Of The Sexes.

Woodley is set to bring Calina Lawrence, a Suquamish Tribe member and activist for Native American treaty and water rights.

Michelle Williams will bring Burke, the founder of #metoo and a woman who has campaigned for gender and racial justice for decades.

Speaking to E!, Watson said it was Williams who "spearheaded" the idea of actresses bringing activists with them as their red carpet guests.

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