Code Black at the 2017 Golden Globes

The color black is traditionally associated with mourning, absence and fear, but at the 75th annual Golden Globes, it was worn by the biggest names in Hollywood to emphasize solidarity, inclusiveness and empowerment. Hundreds of men and women chose to wear black to say that the time’s up on harassment, discrimination, and abuse.

It all started at the end of 2017 with the widespread use of the hashtag “me too” to bring awareness to the various cases of sexual harassment sweeping the entertainment industry. The #MeToo campaign quickly grew to give a voice to women across the globe and of every industry, who have encountered sexual harassment at work. According to a poll conducted by the Wall Street Journal and NBC News, nearly half of working women in the U.S. say they have experienced harassment in the workplace. A recent survey by Cosmopolitan magazine found that a staggering 1 in 3 women ages 18 to 34 have been sexually harassed at work, and 71% of those women did not report it. Sexual harassment is not a new trend that we are just now coming to terms with. It has always been there, plaguing every industry and affecting women (and men) of all ages, races, creeds, income levels, etc. The time is up on this imbalance of power. It’s time to fix it.

The Time’s Up movement was announced on the first day of 2018 as a direct response to all the turbulent sexual harassment and discrimination news that came out of 2017. It was formed after the Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, the first national farmworker women’s organization in the U. S., wrote a letter of solidarity to the women who exposed the sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein.  In a powerful statement originally published in the New York Times, more than three hundred women in Hollywood signed a “letter of solidarity” that calls for a change not only for women in entertainment, but for women everywhere. The letter states, “From movie sets to farm fields to boardrooms alike, we envision nationwide leadership that reflects the world in which we live.”

According to the movement’s official website, Time’s Up not only “addresses the systemic inequality and injustice in the workplace,” but it also partnered with leading advocates for equality and safety to improve laws, employment agreements and corporate policies to give more women and men access to our legal system to hold wrongdoers accountable. In addition to signing the letter of solidarity, most of the attendees at the Golden Globes opted to wear black to show that it is time to put an end to workplace sexual assault, harassment and inequality. Instead of asking “Who are you wearing?” red carpet commentators asked the stars “Why are you wearing black?”

However, more importantly than donning an all-black ensemble, the men and women of Hollywood also donated to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund. This fund provides subsidized legal support to women and men who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace and while in pursuit of their careers. To sign the Time’s Up letter of solidarity and donate to the movement’s legal defense fund, visit

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