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Jennifer Aniston on the Today Show: Pressure to be a Mother is Unfair

Jennifer Aniston on the Today Show: Pressure to be a Mother is Unfair

On the Today Show this morning, Carson Daly interviewed Jennifer Aniston about her new movie, her evolution since Friends, and her conversations on feminism with Gloria Steinem at the MAKERS Conference in February.

At the conference with Gloria, Jennifer spoke about how it feels like women’s value and worth is “basically associated with our marital status and whether or not we’ve procreated.” Gloria concluded that there are, thankfully, more ways to live than one. She discovered that thanks to the women’s movement.

Jennifer reiterated Gloria’s point in her Today Show interview. “I don’t have this checklist of things that have to be done, and if they’re not checked then I’ve failed some part of my feminism or my value as a woman,” she responded when Carson asked about the pressure around motherhood and marriage. She continued: “I’ve birthed a lot of things, and I feel like I’ve mothered many things. I don’t think it’s fair to put that pressure on people,” she continued.