Hollywood stars – American actresses and actors protest sexual harassment in the workplace.  According to ENews,  stars showed up to the Golden Globes award this Sunday mostly dressed in black to amplify the #Timesup campaign against sexual harassment in the workplace for women and also men around the world.

 

The peaceful protest headlined by actresses such as Reese Witherspoon,  Rosario Dawson,  Kerry Washington,  Tracee Ellis Ross and Uzo Aduba was tagged:

#WhyWeWearBlack 

to fight aimed at fighting systemic sexual harassment, assault and inequality and has since been trending on social media and blogsville.

For Uzo Aduba she is wearing black:

“Because the numbers don’t lie. Because tomorrow is too far. Because your fight is my fight. Because enough is enough. Because it’s time.”

In a video posted on social media,  Kerry Washington who is known and loved for her empathy said:

“We’re only wearing black because we want to stand with you—our sisters—across the globe,”

In addition to the global invitation, the stars also encouraged anyone watching to share photos of themselves wearing the shade on social media using the hashtag, #WhyWeWearBlack, which has instantly gone viral with contributors from all over the world explaining why they’re choosing to participate. Many celebrities also weighed in, sharing powerful words about their involvement.

“Today, we wear black. Why? Nearly 1/2 of men think women are well represented in leadership roles and 1/3 of women think women are well represented in leadership roles. The *reality* is, only 1 in 10 senior leaders are women,” Ashley Judd penned online. “Today, we wear black. Why? Because we are grateful to the many survivors and allies who have spoken out and forced the conversation about sexual harassment, sexual assault, and gender bias into the spotlight…Today, we wear black. Why? For EQUITY and PARITY across all industries. For SAFETY among every worker in every occupation. For inclusion of all women and marginalized people.”

 

“I am wearing black today because balance and inclusion and diversity is not some kind of allowance to be made to accommodate people. No, sir. It is a correction of an error. It is a righting of a wrong. And it is going to be done. Now,” Ava DuVernay tweeted.

“I wear black on the outside ’cause black is how I feel on the inside,” Asia Argento said.

Stars from all corners of the industry have joined in with social media posts of their own. Here they are in their own words:

As Rosario Dawson said in an impassioned video,”We wear black to symbolize solidarity. That the death knell has struck on abusive power and that it’s time to celebrate each other, not just the nominees on our film and television screens, but our storytellers who have bravely come forward and courageously shared their personal stories which have liberated so many of us.”

 But perhaps the biggest cheer in the room was heard after Oprah addressed the men who use their power to silence women with a warning, “their time is up.”

Watch her full speech on sexual harassment in the workplace given at the Golden Globes Awards where she won the Cecil B Demile Award.

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