“You’ll never work in this town again.”
In another incident, another male colleague chose to identify the Bad Moms star as the “baby momma” of her successful husband, Ashton Kutcher, writing in an e-mail:
“And Mila is a mega star. One of biggest actors in Hollywood and soon to be Ashton’s wife and baby momma!!!”
Using her platform to raise awareness about the gender wage gap and sexism in the workplace, the 33-year-old opened up about her experience with being taken less seriously in the industry because she is female in an Op-Ed published on Tuesday.
The That ’70s Show alum penned on APlus.com:
“Throughout my career, there have been moments when I have been insulted, sidelined, paid less, creatively ignored, and otherwise diminished based on my gender. And always, I tried to give people the benefit of the doubt; maybe they knew more, maybe they had more experience, maybe there was something I was missing. I taught myself that to succeed as a woman in this industry I had to play by the rules of the boy’s club. But the older I got and the longer I worked in this industry, the more I realized that it’s bullshit! And, worse, that I was complicit in allowing it to happen.”
“It’s these very comments that women deal with day in and day out in offices, on calls, and in emails ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ microaggressions that devalue the contributions and worth of hard-working women.”
In an effort to create change, Mila vowed to stand up against discrimination:
“I’m done compromising; even more so, I’m done with being compromised. 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. I am fortunate that I have reached a place that I can stop compromising and stand my ground, without fearing how I will put food on my table. I am also fortunate that I have the platform to talk about this experience in the hope of bringing one more voice to the conversation so that women in the workplace feel a little less alone and more able to push back for themselves.”
We encourage you to read the celeb’s full testimony HERE.
While it’s upsetting to see sexism still so alive, we love Mila for opening up dialogue on such an important issue.
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