Talk about girl power! Jessica Alba not only kicked butt on tv show ‘Dark Angel’ and movie ‘The Incredibles’, but she’s also kicking butt in the business world and has made it onto the cover of Forbes magazine.
Speaking at Forbes’ third annual Women’s Summit in New York – where female entrepreneurs and leaders work to change the power imbalance in the business world – Alba spoke of the challenges she face when launching The Honest Company, which sells a range of non-toxic household products and turned over $150 million in revenues last year.
People just saw me as this girl in a bikini in movies kicking butt — maybe not the brightest bulb… It took three and a half years of condescending nods and pats on the back of ‘good luck’, or ‘go back to endorsing things or go do a perfume.’
Well the jokes on them, after only 3 years The Honest Company is currently valued at US$1 billion.
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‘That Guy Who Isn’t You‘ is the winning piece in a creative writing contest. It’s a bit of a read so some choice quotes are below.
Part that resonated most:
I am out dancing with my friends and men are imposing their way into our evening uninvited, and they don’t back off until we lie and say our boyfriends are coming, because they will respect an imaginary, made-up man before they respect us.
Key take out to share with your men:
You didn’t speak up. You minded your own business. You let it enter your mind that she deserved it. You looked at pictures not meant for your eyes. You believed him because he’s a nice guy. You looked away. You felt uncomfortable but not enough to say anything. You dismissed it as a joke. You ignored all of those times you saw things that you knew weren’t right and you didn’t make it your problem. Instead you made it mine, and you’re not listening to me now, you’re just waiting for your turn to talk – so yes, you are right it was not you.”
One call out – there is a section where it’s implied that prostitution is violence against woman. This mindset is not supported by Dirty words as feminism means supporting a woman’s right to make her own life choices. Apart from this, it’s worth a read.
A Daily Life gallery of celebrities using their star power to call out gender inequality.
Kristen Schaal’s quote is my favourite:
We’re going to print human hearts out of Xerox machines 30 years before women get pay equality. At this point, we’d be better off printing a 3D penis, slapping it on the bank counter, and saying ‘Hey society, f–k you, pay me!'”
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Everyone should be an advocate for equality, in all its forms. It should not just be left up to those discriminated against to be the ones to highlight injustice, and often when they do their situation is used to discredit the argument – “they’re too emotionally involved, they’re not being objective”.
In this article for Debrief Daily, Jane Caro explains why she’s using her privileged white woman status to shed light on inequality and speak up for those, who due to circumstance, may not have a voice as loud and why she is urging others to do the same.
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