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Stars Speak Sexism with Poise

By Julie Fink
Posted On Nov 02, 2015
Stars Speak Sexism with Poise

Leave it up to Hollywood’s leading ladies to boldly go where no man has gone before. Literally. Wage equality, feminism and parental equality are all topics making a massive impact on headlines and hearts across the world.

From Patricia Arquette’s infamous wage equality Oscar speech this year to Jennifer Lawrence’s American Hustle wage gap call out, Hollywood isn’t stopping there.

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New You caught up with Game of Thrones international star Emilia Clarke on the red carpet for a quick girl chat. We asked, “What do you think we can expect in terms of seeing women in power in this industry?” She gracefully replied, “I think we should see equality, across the board; see more inclusiveness between men and women and hopefully educate the new generation of guys coming up that there is no difference.”

I think every woman can relate to that statement. Whether you are a high paid actress, an accountant or a teacher, woman can do the job as well as men, there is no difference. Unfortunately, the stats say differently with a gap of 21 percent between men and women the work force. A statistic that hasn’t budged in over a decade. Ugh.

In a similar heartfelt fashion, the parental balancing act for actors is an invariable ache. It’s a sensitive matter that I think all super-moms and non-moms alike can support.

Mother of two Elizabeth Banks says to New You Magazine, “It’s important to remember that I face the same challenges as many other working parents out there. I don’t think dads do it as well as moms, quite frankly, as I don’t think there’s any pressure on them to balance anything in there lives when it comes to parents being at work.”

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Similar to the soon-to-be Pitch Perfect 3 director Banks, fellow actress Jennifer Connelly shares her view. In a recent interview with Net-A-Porter, Connelly says, “No one ever asks Paul if it’s tough juggling work and family,” only saying what so many women really think.

And while I don’t think this is any type of battle cry or drama queenly reaction to societal standards or historical injustices, I just think these women are genuine, true and poised. Luckily, there are voices on sexism that don’t have to blare like the manic “war on women” mainstream media horn, for us to hear you.

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