Does Pursuing Career Goals Before Family Goals Hurt Women? Gabrielle Union Weighs In

For the October issue of  Redbook, Gabrielle Union, Erin Andrews and Maria Menounos open up about particular challenges that they face in their lives. Specifically, finding the right time to start a family. 

Union and her husband, NBA star Dwayne Wade, may barely notice their nearly 10-year age difference, but there's still the issue of knowing when to have children.

She explains: "So far, it has not happened for us. A lot of my friends deal with this," she explains. "There's a certain amount of shame that is placed on women who have perhaps chosen a career over starting a family younger. The penance for being a career woman is barrenness. You feel like you're wearing a scarlet letter."

The actress goes on to comment about balancing motherhood and a career.

"The reality is that women are discriminated against in the workplace for being mothers. As much as there are strides being made — you get pregnant, your career takes a hit," she says. "You can't have a bad day. Don't you dare cry at work. Don't raise your voice. Especially if you're a black woman in corporate America — now you're 'the angry black woman.'"

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