As Meryl Streep emphasized during her appearance on the E! red-carpet pre-show, it's really about inclusiveness on all fronts and making sure women in all fields have a choice.
The women of Time's Up, the official Hollywood initiative to combat sexual harassment both within and beyond the entertainment industry, picked the dress code, encouraging men and women to wear black as a symbol of solidarity with those combating sexual harassment, discrimination, and assault.
Emma Stone brought Billie Jean King, whom she portrayed in "Battle of the Sexes".
"We believe we are nearing a tipping point in transforming the culture of violence in the countries where we live and work".
From #MeToo creator Tarana Burke to activist Monica Ramirez, check out who the stars brought along to the show.
Streep donned black as many of her colleagues did and brought National Domestic Workers Alliance Director Ai-jen Poo as her date for the evening.
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Sarandon's guest was organizer Rosa Clemente, founder of PR (Puerto Rico) On The Map.
Shailene Woodley will bring Calina Lawrence, a member of the Suquamish Tribe and advocate for Native Treaty Rights, using her music and activism to address racial injustice, police brutality, mass-incarceration, gentrification, violence against women and children, misrepresentation of Native Americans in education and mainstream media, climate injustice, blood quantum, foster youth, and suicide prevention.
Amy Poehler posed with Saru Jayaraman, workplace justice advocate for restaurant workers.
Williams is nominated for her role in All The Money In The World. "So it's now Emma's turn to do that".
The move is part of a widening effort by prominent Hollywood women, who formed the umbrella group Time's Up, to extend the focus on sexual harassment to women marginalised because of class, sexuality, ethnicity or race.