Mila Kunis Wrote a Powerful Essay About Gender Bias in the Workplace
Mila Kunis is one of Hollywood's most popular and successful actresses. (Her last film, "Bad Moms," killed at the box office.) However, even she deals with gender bias in the workplace — but she's done playing nice.
The 33-year-old actress penned a powerful essay for A Plus about her experiences with gender discrimination in Hollywood, including one anecdote about a producer who told her she'd "never work in this town again." The reason? She wouldn't pose semi-nude for a men's magazine to promote their film.
"I was livid, I felt objectified, and for the first time in my career I said 'no,'" Kunis wrote. "And guess what? The world didn't end. The film made a lot of money, and I did work in this town again, and again, and again. What this producer may never realize is that he spoke aloud the exact fear every woman feels when confronted with gender bias in the workplace."
Fed up with experiences like this, Kunis started her own production company with three other women. However, even at the helm, Kunis is still confronted with sexist micro-aggressions. She recounts one instance where a male producer, whom she partnered with on a project, gushed about her relationship with Ashton Kutcher in a professional pitch email.
"...he reduced my value to nothing more than my relationship to a successful man and my ability to bear children," she wrote. "[The email] ignored my (and my team's) significant creative and logistical contributions. We withdrew our involvement in the project."
Kunis writes that women routinely put up with misogynistic bullshit like this out of fear of losing their jobs. But that has to stop. Women have to speak up about gender bias as they see it, which Kunis herself has just recently started doing.
"I'm done compromising; even more so, I'm done with being compromised," she said. "So from this point forward, when I am confronted with one of these comments, subtle or overt, I will address them head on; I will stop in the moment and do my best to educate. I cannot guarantee that my objections will be taken to heart, but at least now I am part of creating an environment where there is the opportunity for growth. And if my comments fall on deaf ears, I will choose to walk away ... If this is happening to me, it is happening more aggressively to women everywhere."
Read the rest of Kunis' essay here. We're with her.
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