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8 Women Who Walked the Golden Globes Red Carpet for the First Time

These activists and their causes were the real stars of the show.

By: Samantha Sutton

The 2018 Golden Globes red carpet will no doubt go down in history. Not just because the sea of black dresses—which were worn in support of Time’s Up, an initiative to fight sexual harassment in all industries—but also for the incredible women who walked alongside some A-list actressesThey were the true stars of the show, and their causes deserve to be highlighted long after the final winner is announced. So if you missed the who’s who and what they do, not to worry: We’ve rounded up these amazing ladies, along with their organizations and accomplishments, ahead.


Michelle Williams was accompanied by civil rights activist and founder of the #MeToo movement Tarana Burke.

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Meryl Streep brought Ai-jen Poo, the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.

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Saru Jayaraman came with Amy Poehler. Jayaraman is an attorney, author, and co-founder of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United.

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Emma Watson walked the red carpet with Imkaan’s executive director, Marai Larasi. According to its site, Imkaan is a U.K.-based organization “dedicated to addressing violence against Black minoritised women and girls, i.e., women which are defined in policy terms as Black and ‘Minority Ethnic.’”

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Emma Stone brought tennis icon and LGBT rights advocate Billie Jean King as her date. Stone played King in Battle of the Sexes.

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Mónica Ramírez, the head of the National Farmworkers Women’s Alliance, arrived with Laura Dern.

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Shailene Woodley’s date was Calina Lawrence. According to Lawrence’s website, she is an enrolled member of the Suquamish Tribe, and has recently spent her time “traveling the country in advocacy for Native Treaty Rights and the ‘Mni Wiconi’ (Water is Life) movement led by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, as well as the ‘NoLNG253’ movement led by the Puyallup Tribe.”

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Susan Sarandon shared the spotlight with Rosa Clemente, a community organizer, independent journalist, political commentator, and former Green Party vice presidential candidate.

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