“For the women, it was like, ‘What? You have an opinion?'”

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You know Jessica Alba: incredible actor, hardworking entrepreneur, and mother of three. She’s also been included on multiple magazine lists as one of the most beautiful women in the world.

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Well, she recently opened up about the sexism she faced as she tried to prove she was so much more than just a pretty face.

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In an interview with People, the 40-year-old revealed that she just wanted to be treated the same way men were while she was coming up in her career.

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“Men were told, ‘Oh, you’re really smart’ if you have ideas about the character or the story, where for the women, it was like, ‘What? You have an opinion?'”

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“It was like you came off as aggressive, where a man just looked really assertive and powerful,” she continued.

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“I think attitudes about strong women were quite oppressive in a lot of ways when it came to women having an equal standing,” she continued.

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When she was asked about the moment she felt most empowered, the Honest Company founder said it was when she “allowed” herself to feel that way.

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“For a long time, I felt like I didn’t deserve it. Trying to reach a goal is one thing, but giving myself the space to be successful and acknowledge that, or even giving myself the space to feel intelligent, was hard,” she concluded.

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And now, it certainly seems like she’s given herself the space to be successful! The household product business she founded, Honest Company, went public in May. It was valued at a whopping $1.44 billion!

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Thank you for calling out the sexism you faced, Jessica, and congrats on your success! Sending you light and love!

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