Tarana Burke tells ELLE.com how she and Michelle Williams dreamed up the demonstration.

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On Michelle Williams inviting her to join her as her guest for the Golden Globes a few weeks ago:

“We had an amazing conversation. But after she invited me, I started talking to her about how one of the things that makes me sort of uncomfortable is that the media tends to pick one person in a moment like this one and elevate them as the hero of the hour. I said to Michelle, ‘I know so many amazing women.’ She had said she wanted to give me space to talk about my work and use the red carpet to amplify what I do, and I thought, ‘Well, what if we had more than just me. What if we gave other amazing women the chance to be there?'”

On the significance of pairing actresses with activists who shared their interests:

“It was just this beautiful collaboration of all worlds. We wanted to change the narrative that this whole movement is just actresses giving power to powerless people because all of us carry power in our own right, and they’re learning from us as much as we’re learning from them.”

On the initial criticisms that Time’s Up was a superficial campaign, especially when it kicked off with the proclamation that some attendees would wear black to stand with survivors:

“I think people try to marginalize actresses. Like, ‘Those women — they’re just figureheads.’ We underestimate them. These women are serious about this work. We all know how the red carpet works; these women may not have a chance to say everything they want to say, so a visual statement means something. I’ve come to realize in these conversations I’ve had that the red carpet is grueling. It’s hours of people asking them the same things over and over again. They don’t get a chance to make political statements. They don’t get a chance to express themselves. The black dresses — they weren’t trying to change the world with that. They were trying to be heard.”

On the women of Time’s Up gathering in a hotel ballroom in Los Angeles 24 hours before the Globes to strategize the campaign:

“People sprawled out with computers, papers and pens on the floor, everyone strategizing. We spent hours, hours, in that room on messaging, on our talking points, on last-minute details. There was no ego. It was just beautiful. … The privilege is real, and these women are privileged. But that doesn’t make them not human. We can help them, and they can help us. And the conversation doesn’t stop tonight.”

On the goal of Time’s Up:

“At the end of the day, we have a unified goal. Domestic workers, restaurant workers, black and brown women, Asian women, disabled women, trans women, queer women — we may go about the work in different ways, but we all want to see the game changed.”