Salma Hayek Sexism: ‘We’re Not Going Away’
Published: October 11, 2015
Salma Hayek Sexism: ‘We’re Not Going Away’, Salma Hayek has slammed sexism in Hollywood, proclaiming that her generation of actresses refused to disappear into obscurity after the age of 30.
The 49-year-old made the impassioned speech at Variety’s Power Of Women event in Beverly Hills on Friday.
The star also went on to talk about the struggles of women all over the world and how her campaign Chime for Change has sought to be of use.
‘We are the generation that said, “We’re not going away at 30,”‘ Salma declared, according to Variety news editor Maane Khatchatourian.
Adding: ‘They cannot ignore us anymore.’
She went on to describe how women represent 66% of the workforce but ‘only get 10% of the income of the world.’
But she also spoke positively about the future: ‘In the 20 years I have been an activist for women. I can smell the airs of change. Especially in this industry for the first time.’
Then speaking directly to the star-studded audience in attendance, which included Gwyneth Paltrow and Reese Witherspoon, Hayek made a bold statement.
‘These romantic comedies are not working anymore. Why? We changed!,’ she explained to uproarious applause.
Hayek then talked about Chime For Change, which she co-founded with Beyonce and the fashion brand Gucci.
‘In only two years we have affected 3 million families and communities,’ the actress and activist said.
The campaign benefits NGOs that empower women and girls the world over with education, health, and justice.
Chime For Change has benefited over 400,000 girls and women around the world by raising over $7.3 million.
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