Actress and producer Natalie Portman gave a wise tip on how people can help women gain equality.
The award-winning actress earned cheers and applause from the audience during her acceptance speech at a recently concluded Variety’s Power of Women. “Stop the rhetoric that a woman is crazy or difficult. If a man says to you that a woman is crazy or difficult, ask him, ‘What bad thing did you do to her?,’” said Portman.
Portman’s advice was in reference to terms used to describe women such as “crazy” and “hysterical” – a description that undermines their emotions and capabilities.
Portman also drew applause when she emphasized that diversity is crucial.
“If any group you’re in has people who only look like you, change that group,” she said. “It’s an awakening experience to hear from women who have different experiences of marginalization.”
Portman joined fellow actresses Tiffany Haddish, Regina King, and Lena Waithe and activist Emma Gonzalez among Variety’s honorees.
Haddish discussed the significance of self-authenticity saying that “I feel like it’s very important to always be your best self and be yourself, and try not to be something you’re not.”
Gonzalez was brought to tears when she talked about her traumatic experience on a school shooting that killed 17 people early this year. “To each of you powerful women I say this, you know that you are forces to be reckoned with, you can and have inspired peace and understanding and, most importantly, right now you can inspire your audience to vote. Now more than ever women need to continue to rise up,” she said.