“For the women, it was like, ‘What? You have an opinion?'”
Well, she recently opened up about the sexism she faced as she tried to prove she was so much more than just a pretty face.
In an interview with People, the 40-year-old revealed that she just wanted to be treated the same way men were while she was coming up in her career.
“Men were told, ‘Oh, you’re really smart’ if you have ideas about the character or the story, where for the women, it was like, ‘What? You have an opinion?'”
“It was like you came off as aggressive, where a man just looked really assertive and powerful,” she continued.
“I think attitudes about strong women were quite oppressive in a lot of ways when it came to women having an equal standing,” she continued.
When she was asked about the moment she felt most empowered, the Honest Company founder said it was when she “allowed” herself to feel that way.
“For a long time, I felt like I didn’t deserve it. Trying to reach a goal is one thing, but giving myself the space to be successful and acknowledge that, or even giving myself the space to feel intelligent, was hard,” she concluded.
And now, it certainly seems like she’s given herself the space to be successful! The household product business she founded, Honest Company, went public in May. It was valued at a whopping $1.44 billion!
Thank you for calling out the sexism you faced, Jessica, and congrats on your success! Sending you light and love!
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