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Reese Witherspoon brought out the big guns at Glamour's Women of the Year Awards, tackling sexism and ageism in Hollywood—and boy, did she nail it.
"I hope, Amy Schumer—and all the other incredible nominees—that you'll give me the rights to your biopic first," Witherspoon said, according to People (opens in new tab). "Although, Amy, I'm five years older than you, so I'll probably have to play your grandmother in the movie, by Hollywood standards, and you'll probably have to play your own mother."
Speaking to her production company, Pacific Standard, and the projects she decides to take on, Witherspoon scoffed at those who claimed she was making too many female-centric movies. (Including blockbusters like Gone Girl and Wild.)
"Films with women at the center are not a public service project. They are a big-time, bottom line-enhancing, money-making commodity," she said.
"Ladies and gentlemen, I think we are in a cultural crisis in every field, in every industry. Women are underrepresented and underpaid in leadership positions," Witherspoon continued. "No wonder we don't have the healthcare we deserve or paid family leave or public access to early childhood education. And that really worries me. How can we expect legislation with our rights and needs being preserved if we don't have equal representation?"
To that we say—is Reese Witherspoon really Elle Woods in disguise? We wouldn't be surprised.
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Samantha Leal is the Deputy Editor at Well+Good, where she spends most of her day thinking of new ideas across platforms, bringing on new writers, overseeing the day-to-day of the website, and working with the awesome team to produce the best stories and packages. Before W+G, she was the Senior Web Editor for Marie Claire and the Deputy Editor for Latina.com, with bylines all over the internet. Graduating from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University with a minor in African history, she’s written everything from travel guides to political op-eds to wine explainers (currently enrolled in the WSET program) to celebrity profiles. Find her online pretty much everywhere @samanthajoleal.
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