To us, Blake Lively has always been a symbol of strength and female empowerment. But per the actress's recent interview with Glamour, it seems that Lively is starting to realize (and own) that herself. "Nobody’s going to fight for you as much as you fight for yourself," she said of achieving gender parity in the entertainment industry.
This is a sentiment that she and husband Ryan Reynolds try to pass down to their two daughters, James, age 2, and Inez, 10 months. When asked what message she wants her daughters to receive from her, Lively quoted comedian Sarah Silverman. "'Stop telling little girls that they can do anything. They already believe they can do anything. It opens the door for questions.' We’re all born feeling perfect until somebody tells us we’re not. So there’s nothing I can teach my daughter [James]. She already has all of it. The only thing I can do is protect what she already feels."
While she admits she doesn't have it all figured out when it comes to parenting, she and Reynolds do small things to promote a message of parity at home. "I'm much more conscious of language," she notes. "My husband was like, 'Why do I always say he?' And I said, 'That’s what we’re taught.' So he’ll pick up, like a caterpillar, and instead of saying, 'What’s his name?' he’ll say, 'What’s her name?' Or we’ve joked that my daughter is bossy. But my husband said, 'I don’t ever want to use that word again. You’ve never heard a man called bossy.'"
Head over to Glamour for Lively's full interview, and share your thoughts on raising empowered daughters below.