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"I am wearing black to thank and honor all of the brave whistleblowers who came forward and share their stores of harassment and assault and discrimination. I'm wearing black to stand in solidarity with my sisters all over the globe and I'm wearing black to celebrate the rollout of this incredible initiative, Time's Up. Time is up and we want diversity and we want intersectional gender parity. We want equal pay, and I was so shocked to hear that E! doesn't believe in paying their female cohosts the same as male cohosts. I mean I miss Cat Sadler, so we stand with her, and that's something that can change tomorrow. We want people to start having the conversations that women are just as valuable as men."
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"I think people are aware now of the power imbalance … It's led to abuse in our own industry. It's in the military, it's in congress, it's everywhere. We want to fix that. We feel sort of emboldened in this particular moment to stand together in a thick black line."
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"We're here because of Tarana [Burke] … We're here because [she's] started a movement. She started the #MeToo movement ... I thought I would have to raise my daughter to learn how to protect herself in a dangerous world but I think the work that Tarana has done and the work that I’m learning how to do ... we actually have the opportunity to hand our children a different world. I am beyond measure to be standing next to this woman. I have tears in my eyes and smile on my face."
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"It's important to me to stand with all the women who have come forward with their own experience with sex harassment and abuse. I'm so in awe about that bravery and its important to stand with women who don't feel like they have a voice and represent them here. And I love that this movement is not just bout talking about an issue, it's actually about taking action for that issue and the Legal Defense Fund has been set up to provide aid for people who can't afford it. People can continue to donate if you go to timesupnow.com."
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"This is Marai Larasi. She's the Executive Director of Imkaan, which is an amazing British organization, a black feminist organization that fights violence against women and specially women we've been working together this year and when Michelle Williams spearheaded the idea of actresses bringing activists to the red carpet my first thought was that it would be so fun to do it with Marai because we have fun together we challenge each other."
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AMERICA FERRERA & NATALIE PORTMAN
America: "It's so incredible look around and see everyone in solidarity, ready to really address the issues that exist in our industry and across all industries that it’s our job, right now, the time is now for us to do the work that will make women and all people more safe and more equal in their workplaces and in their lives."
Natalie: "I think we've realized the scope of what we’ve lost, the creative contributions of people who’ve been pushed out of the industry, women like Annabella Sora, women like Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd and when we think about other industries and the women who’ve been pushed out of there and the contribution we have lost and also the pain that they’ve been through because of that, the time to change is now and time's up."
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"This is wonderful — we should all wear black always and the value of it and it just looks so beautiful."
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"Many of us were taught not to tattle, it was a culture of silencing and that was normalized. I urge all of us to not only support survivors and bystanders who are brave enough to tell their truth but to promote restorative justice. May we also please protect and employ them. May we teach our children that speaking out without the fear of retribution is our cultures new north star."
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"Timesupnow.com. Get on there, donate, do something."
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"We feel like we shouldn’t have to sit out the night, we shouldn't have to give up our seats at the table, our voice in the industry because of bad behavior that wasn’t ours we get to be here to celebrate each other and support each other and stand in joy and solidarity and say we are looking out for anyone who feels marginalized in the work place whether you’re a woman or man."
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SARAH JESSICA PARKER
"It's more important to know that it's across industries. It's about women in all industries."
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"It's just became clear that with all of the news that’s been coming out about our industry and every industry that it couldn’t just be business as normal. We really wanted to stand up and do something for all people and say that time's up for abuse in the workplace."
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"We wanted to let people know that it's not a female issue, it's a power issue and so saying time's up to ending the abuse of power but also recognizing the women who came forward. They kicked the door open for this conversation to happen."
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“My hope is that this movement will now reach the grass roots, the small towns, the villages near and far, where women have been silenced, without resources, in the face of gender disparity. We are all stronger when we work together with respect and understanding. Strong women equal strong families, economies, and communities. Everywhere. So let's get this show on the road.”
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"This is from Margaret Atwood: ‘We were the people who were not in the papers, we lived in the blank white spaces at the edge of print, it gave us more freedom, we lived in the gaps between the stories.’ Margaret Atwood, this is for you and all of the women who came before you and after you, who were brave enough to speak out against intolerance and injustice and to fight for equality and freedom in this world."
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“It is not lost on me that, at this moment, there is some little girl watching as I become the first black woman to be given the same award. It is an honor and it is a privilege to share the evening with all of them.”
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"Did I just hear that right? that I’m the only woman to win best director? That was 1984. That was 34 years ago? Folks, time up. We need more women directors and more women to be nominated for best director. There are so many films out there that are so good directed by women. Anyway I’m very proud to stand in a room with people who speak out against gender inequality, sexual harassment and the pettiness that has poisoned our politics. And I'm proud that our industry faced with uncomfortable truths has vowed to change the way we do business."
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