Women stand strong together at Golden Globe Awards

Isabelle Coburn , Online Editor

Upon watching the 2018 Golden Globe Awards, there was a complete blackout in the wardrobe for all the attendees.

This was no coincidence.

The females of Hollywood were on a mission, and it was clear they weren’t going to leave without getting what they wanted. Ava DuVernay, an American film director, tweeted on the day of the Awards, “I am wearing black today because balance and inclusion and diversity is not some kind of allowance to be made to accommodate people.”

Many female celebrities who graced the red carpet that night boldly spoke up in solidarity, choosing to stand as one in an effort to raise awareness about the sexist treatment and sexual harassment that has been going on in Hollywood for years.

Now, with the #metoo and #timesup movements going viral, actresses and social media icons stole the show.

The #timesup movement protests the unequal pay for women, who work just as hard as their male counterparts in the film industry.

A strong sense of unity was formed as people used the #metoo tag to share their past experiences with sexual harassment.

Oprah Winfrey’s speech after receiving the Cecil B. DeMille award was perhaps one of the biggest highlights of the night.

“For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up,” Winfrey said.

Women have empowered one another through personal stories and words of encouragement in the media. They have been stoking the fire of feminism, proving to the entire world that there are no limitations to what a woman can do.

What Winfrey said toward the end of her speech really seemed to touch the hearts of all audience members.

“I’ve interviewed and portrayed people who’ve withstood some of the ugliest things life can throw at you, but one quality all of them seem to share is an ability to maintain hope for a brighter morning, even during our darkest nights,” she said. “So, I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon.”

By telling young women now that they are valid and are capable of doing anything, we are expanding opportunities for them in the years to come.

With a bit of feminist influence now, more female leaders are rising up and perhaps in the future, dominance will be at an equilibrium for the broad spectrum of gender.

Being open-minded can play a crucial role in progressing into an equitable society.

As long as there are equal opportunities for everyone, there is a better chance at innovating the world.

Times have changed and now everyone is entitled to pursue their dreams. It is our obligation to encourage our future leaders to explore the limitless and do the impossible.