#TimesUP

TimesUpv1by Diana Matthews
co-host of BeaverTalk

I have watched many award shows over the years but none has shook me to my core like this year’s Golden Globes ceremony.

The women of Hollywood put on their black attire and hit the red carpet in solidarity with the #TimesUp initiative – a legal fund and political proclamation to end discrimination, abuse, and harassment across all industries.
It was so inspiring to see the actresses and creators I look up to – women who have helped me shape my sense of self and have given me the courage to pursue my dreams – take down the house last Sunday.

For the first time ever we saw women asked about more than who they were wearing and what it was like to work with so-and-so. Equality, representation, and sisterhood were at the forefront of every conversation. At one point, Carson Daly talked about the importance of this moment, only to be corrected by Eva Longoria who said, “It’s not a moment. It’s a movement.”

That proclamation set the tone for the night as women took to the stage to share in the power of female-centric storytelling and showcase the change we can manifest when we commit to equality for all.

Oprah, America Ferrera, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Viola Davis, Kerry Washington, Tracee Ellis-Ross, Natalie Portman and so many more transcended their status as celebrities and embraced their role as activists.

At times, it was surreal. Before the broadcast, my cynical side was afraid Times Up would serve as a backdrop to the ceremony, in the room but definitely not at the forefront. I couldn’t have been more overjoyed when it became abundantly clear that the exact opposite was true.

Their bravery, commitment, and leadership were exactly the type of trailblazing we as women need right now in order to see a path forward, a way for us to witness accountability and feel protected from those who would seek to harm.

It used to be that when you would watch award shows, an actress would say something feminist in a moment of passion, especially if she was winning for a role that was inherently political. We would all wink at one another as she walked offstage but stay safely within the confines of our secret feminist club.

This year, we broke the walls of that club and for three straight hours, women came into the spotlight to publicly proclaim their dedication to fighting for equal rights and the empowerment of women everywhere.

In a historical moment, Oprah accepted the Cecil B. DeMille award – the first African American woman to do so – and assured all of the little girls that a new day is on the horizon for women of every background and every walk of life.

Lady Bird won best picture in the comedy musical category for Greta Gerwig and Saoirse Ronan won best actress for her portrayal the title role as a young women coming of age and finding her place in the world.

Natalie Portman called out the all-male best directing category and Barbra Streisand backed her up as the only women who has ever won the Golden Globe for directing. “That was 1984,” Barbra said.

To all of the women who got on stage and said, “Time’s Up” into the microphone – thank you.

As someone who has watched this show year after year I can honestly say that what we witnessed felt truly revolutionary. I have never seen women take up space in Hollywood in such a powerful, authentic and unapologetic way.

The personal was political and the sisterhood was in full force. #TimesUp on sexual harassment, miscarriages of justice, and systemic oppression.

We see you, we hear you, and we believe you.

Together, we are unbreakable.

BONUS: Listen to Diana narrate her article here.

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