“This is a systemic problem, this is a societal issue, and it’s not just Hollywood. It is across all industries, globally. We need balance in our boardrooms. We want 50-50 by 2020: 50 percent women, 50 percent men, in all decision-making roles. We really believe that once that happens, once the workforce and the work that we do here, the storytelling, reflects the real world, the incidents of harassment and sexual assault with all go down.”
Eva Longoria and Reese Witherspoon
Eva said, “We wear black for so many reasons. We wear black to say time’s up on the imbalance of power and abuse of power. We wear black for all the women and whistleblowers who came forward…” Reese continued, “… people who are so brave to tell their stories first. And we’re standing here because of trhe courage they have. And also, women in all industries and men in all industries. They’re standing up and saying, ‘Enough with discrimination. And harassment and abuse.’ We deserve equality and the time is up.”
Sarah Jessica Parker
“It’s been thrilling. I’m incredibly excited, I’m impressed by the work that’s being done. … I think it’s an enormous show of support tonight. I think it speaks to the appetite… to the climate that exists. That this is a conversation that, as complicated as it is, it seems to be very welcomed by everybody. … And parity, quality and safe work environments – they shouldn’t be controversial. … It’s more important to know that it’s across industries. … It’s about women in all industries – and men.”
The actress came with Marai Larasi, the executive director of U.K.-based feminist organization Imkaan. Marai said during the red carpet interview, “There’s something about women in Hollywood speaking out, you know. … We don’t want to create hierarchies by saying women in Hollywood are more important than other women, but we’re saying women in Hollywood have the opportunity to amplify the issues and shine a light on things.”
Meryl’s red carpet partner was Ai-jen Poo, the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. The actress said, “I think people are aware now of a power imbalance. And it’s something that leads to abuse. It has led to abuse in our own industry. And it’s led to abuse across the domestic workers’ field of work. It’s in the military. It’s in congress. It’s everywhere. And we want to fix that. And we feel emboldened in this particular moment to stand together in a thick black line, dividing then from now.”
Michelle’s partner was Tarana Burke, the founder of #MeToo. The actress said, “We’re here because Tarana started a movement. She planted the seed years ago, and it has grown and caught fire. She started the #MeToo movement.” Tarana said, “This moment is so powerful because we’re seeing a collaboration of these two worlds that people usually don’t put together and would most likely have us pit against each other, so it’s powerful to be on the red carpet tonight and for people like Michelle to be selfless enough to give up their time so we can talk about our causes.”
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel
Jessica Biel, who is wearing Elie Saab, arrived with husband Justin Timberlake, who is wearing Tom Ford. The couple had shown their support for Time’s Up last week by uploading an image of the campaign with the caption, “Let’s all make this resolution for the year: No more accepting sexual harassment and inequality at work as normal. It's NOT normal.”
Allison said, "I am wearing black to stand in solidarity with all of the women who have come out about being sexually harassed and abused. I'm so in awe of the bravery it took for the first few to come forward. They are heroes.”
The 13 Reasons Why star said, “Tonight, with the Time’s Up movement, it’s a very big gesture but it’s part of a larger thing. What we’re doing is supporting work that’s already been done by so many people over such a long period of time, but tonight is special for this Time’s Up movement, which is supporting equality not just for women but also for men and all non-binary people across every industry. And the reason we’re wearing black is to show solidarity with everyone.”
Kendall has tweeted her support for Time's Up last week, rallying fans to donate for the cause.
Sadie, who acted in Stranger Things 2, is also passionate about other causes. On her Twitter, she pinned a tweet to raise funds for homeless cats and dogs.
Millie Bobby Brown
Recently, fans jumped to the Stranger Things star's defense after Mike Sington, a retired NBC executive, called her a "grown-up" and other media sexualised her.
The actress addressed the issue of sexual abuse in Hollywood during her keynote speech in a UN conference.