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Women’s Daily Dispatch: The news you need to know on 8/1/18

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As part of our Visible Women initiative, brings you the Women’s Daily Dispatch: your new daily digest of international news relating to women. It’s the good, bad, inspiring and urgent stories you need to know from around the world, all wrapped up in one bitesize piece. 

The morning after the 2018 Golden Globes was always going to be chock-full of news. Here are the biggest stories that came out of the black-clad awards ceremony:

1) Almost everyone wore black at the Golden Globes

The news leaked some time ago that a group of actresses was planning on wearing black to the Golden Globes. But when the big night finally rolled around, it was hard to find an attendee who dared wear anything else (though a handful of women did turn up in other colours – see The Telegraph’s story here).

Regrettably, none of the male Golden Globes winners found the courage to mention #MeToo or Time’s Up in their acceptance speeches. But many of the actresses gave thoughtful and lengthy explanations as to the thought processes behind their outfit choices. 

Read all about it here

2) Oprah Winfrey became the first black woman to win the Cecil B. DeMille award

The prestigious award, named after the famed American filmmaker, celebrates “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment”, and has previously been bestowed upon stars including Meryl Streep and Denzel Washington. Winfrey is the first black woman to win the honour, and used her acceptance speech to urge victims of sexual assault to “speak your truth”.

“Each of us in this room are celebrated because of the stories that we tell. This year we became the story,” she said.

Winfrey also reminded the Golden Globes audience that sexual abuse pervades all industries, regions, classes and cultures, and is not limited to those in Hollywood. 

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3) Actresses invited feminist activists to be their red-carpet dates

Michelle Williams brought Tarana Burke, the founder of the #MeToo movement, with her to the Golden Globes. Emma Stone was accompanied by former tennis pro and LGBTQ campaigner Billie Jean King (who she plays in Battle of the Sexes). Susan Sarandon’s date was community organiser and political commentator Rosa Clemente, while Emma Watson walked the red carpet with Marai Larasi, a British activist and executive director of black feminist organisation Imkaan.

It was a reassuring sign that while Hollywood actresses might have pushed the #MeToo movement into the limelight, they want to share the stage with the activists who have long fought against sexual abuse. 

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But the Golden Globes isn’t the only thing we’re reading, discussing and thinking about today. Elsewhere, the big story dominating our newsfeeds was the first trailer for Rose McGowan’s upcoming TV documentary series – and yet another shocking revelation about the gender pay gap.

4) First trailer drops for Rose McGowan’s new TV series 

Rose McGowan has led the charge against Harvey Weinstein and other alleged predators in Hollywood, becoming something of a general in the #MeToo movement in the process. The upcoming E! docuseries Citizen Rose, which premieres with a two-hour special on 30 January, will offer an intimate look at what it’s like to take on one of the most powerful men in the film industry.

The first trailer was released on Sunday evening just as the Golden Globes was getting underway. “I have been silenced. I have been harassed. I have been slut-shamed,” says McGowan in the clip. “Just like you.” Undoubtedly essential viewing. 

5) BBC editor Carrie Gracie quits after gender pay gap row 

Until this weekend, Carrie Gracie was the BBC’s China editor. She announced her resignation on Sunday after discovering that she earned significantly less than her male colleagues, and accused the public broadcaster of fostering a “secretive and illegal pay culture”.

Gracie, who worked at the BBC for more than 30 years, has since received an outpouring of public support. The hashtag #IStandWithCarrie was trending on Twitter on Monday morning, with several senior staff members at the BBC calling on their employer to resolve the situation. 

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