How Women Struck Back at Hollywood During Golden Globes While Men Stayed Silent
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The male stars in the room were also sometimes visibly uncomfortable as women took shots at the Hollywood patriarchy.

For all the talk throughout the Golden Globes about women and men being the key to affecting change by working together, it was only the women who had much to say about the systemic abuse in the entertainment industry on Sunday night.

The men were in black alongside their female counterparts, and they cheered at all the right moments as the women touted the #TimesUp initiative and dreamed of a day when no one would have to say #MeToo, but when it came their time to talk, not a single one had anything to say about any of it.

Only Seth Meyers tackled the issue head-on with his scathing monologue. But as soon as he was done, there wasn't another male voice on the topic throughout the three-hour ceremony, save Chris Hemsworth agreeing with Jessica Chastain.

Thankfully, the women of Hollywood, who saw their voices heard and valued in a way they'd never experienced before in 2017, continued to speak up and out. Emboldened by their solidarity, they had the courage to speak out not only about sexual abuse, but also the wage gap and inequality in general.

Below are some of women's strongest clapbacks during the Golden Globes

Eva Longoria

Several women took the opportunity while on the red carpet to call out E! for its own issues with wage disparity, after Catt Sadler quit over the issue. They even chose to boldly do so directly to E! correspondents so their message would broadcast live on the E! network. Eva Longoria slipped it in with Ryan Seacrest, saying, "We’re also here for Time’s Up, we support gender equality and equal pay and we hope that E! follows that lead and we stand with Catt." Seacrest replied, "We love Catt. We love her."

Debra Messing

Before Longoria, Debra Messing shot back at the network while talking with Seacrest's co-host Giuliana Rancic.

"I was so shocked to hear that E! doesn’t believe in paying their female co-hosts the same as their male co-hosts," she said. "I miss Catt Sadler. So we stand with her. And that’s something that can change tomorrow. We want people to start having this conversation that women are just as valuable as men."

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker brought the subject up as well on the red carpet, but in a more subtle way while discussing the larger issue of the night. "I think it speaks to the appetite, to the climate that exists, that this is a a conversation that, as complicated as it is, it seems to be welcomed by everybody," she told Seacrest. "I think it's incredibly timely. It's exciting. And parity and equality and safe work environments; they shouldn't be controversial."

Geena Davis

Women presenters took advantage of their platform to speak out as well during the ceremony, with some using humor to tackle the issue. While presenting the award for Best Actor in a Movie, Drama, Geena Davis joked, "These five nominees have agreed to give half of their salary back so the women can make more than them."

The men could only look on uncomfortably as Davis and Susan Sarandon then started to read off their names.

Natalie Portman

No group of men looked more uncomfortable than the directors, though, after Natalie Portman slipped in one little phrase to point out a disparity in the Globes themselves.

"Here are the all-male nominees," she said in introducing the nominees, before cutting to awkward shots of Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro, Ridley Scott, Martin McDonagh, and Christopher Nolan.

Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain chose to use humor to address the issue as well while announcing Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy, with co-presenter Chris Hemsworth at least agreeing.

"I am so happy to announce that the winner of this category will also receive the 23 percent of her salary that went missing in the wage gap," Chastain said. "It’s not a problem as we’ve saved so much money kicking people out of Hollywood this year."

Oprah Winfrey

In receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, Oprah Winfrey went on to give one of the most empowering and inspirational speeches in the 75-year history of the Golden Globes.

Winfrey told the story of Recy Taylor, raped in 1944 by a group of white men who never faced prosecution. "She lived, as we all have lived, too many years in a culture broken by brutally powerful men," Winfrey said. "For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men. But their time is up."

MeToo and #TimesUp

Other women used their time on stage to speak about the important conversation the #MeToo movement launched, and the perhaps more important work ahead for #TimesUp and the nation in general as it attemps to build Winfrey's "new day."

The women of "Big Little Lies," including Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, and Laura Dern, each took their winning moment to speak out, as did Saoirse Ronan, Frances McDormand, and Elisabeth Moss.

Gary Oldman came close to acknowledging the movement with his win, saying, "I am very proud of 'Darkest Hour.' It illustrated that words and actions can change the world and boy oh boy does it need some changing."

While presenting the first award of the night alongside Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot rebuffed his offer for her to read the winner. "Let's do it together," she countered. "Men and women together."

Let's hope the men start to hear that message.

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