I’m not normally one to watch awards shows, and truth be told I didn’t watch the Golden Globes yesterday either. But as my newsfeed began exploding with #WhyWeWearBlack, #Timesup, and #Oprah… I had to stop and listen.
Because this is a day I have longed for.
For too long, women have lived in silence under the abuse of powerful men who terrorized with impunity. But time is up, and we are at a cultural tipping point where things are finally changing – it must.
Of all the incredible moments from yesterday, there are a few, besides the obvious, that stand out to me. One of the biggest ones was seeing women from all walks of life, linked together in sisterhood as they supported and empowered one another, cheering one another on.
It makes my heart soar!
Women need to do this on a daily basis. Everywhere. All the time.
Furthermore, it made me so happy to see actresses using their platforms of influence to ignite a movement that highlights the important cause of bringing an end to sexual misconduct, violence, and gender inequality worldwide. And beyond that, these women chose to use their influence to shine a spotlight on activists who have been doing the work – day in and day out- and passed the mic so that their voices and their causes were equally heard.
Personally, I loved the interview of Shailene Woodley and Calina Lawrence, an indigenous woman from Suquamish, Washington who highlighted the imbalance of power between men and women, and the urgent crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women in North America. Video here.
This is what it means to be an ally. This is solidarity and intersectional sisterhood in action. We use our positions of privilege to ensure that there is justice and pass the mics so that others are heard.
We must all continue to further this movement in our daily lives at home and at work. Because a new day is on the horizon and this is what it means to act justly.