Sunday 8 December 2019

Gwyneth Paltrow strikes back at uproar: 'My working mother comments were taken out of context'

Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow’s comments about working mothers were “taken out of context”, according to the star.

The actress had previously lamented to E! News about trying to balance her acting career with motherhood and seemed to say that having a regular job was not like being an actress on set. This caused uproar among working mums and a month on, the 41-year-old finally took to her Goop website to try and clarify her comments.

“A few weeks ago during an interview, I was asked why I have only worked on one film a year since having children," she wrote.

"My answer was this: Film work takes one away from home and requires 12-14 hours a day, making it difficult to be the one to make the kids their lunch, drive them to school, and put them to bed.

"So I have found it easier on my family life to make a film the exception, and my 9-5 job the rule,” she explained.

“This somehow was taken to mean I had said a 9-5 job is easier, and a lot of heat was thrown my way, especially by other working mothers who somehow used my out-of-context quote as an opportunity to express feelings (perhaps projected) on the subject.”

The mum-of-two believes the backlash highlights how tough mothers are on each other. The Iron Man actress believes women should be kinder to one another.

GLENDALE, CA - MARCH 11: Gwyneth Paltrow attends An Evening With Chelsea Handler In Conversation with Gwyneth Paltrow at Alex Theatre on March 11, 2014 in Glendale, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)

Gwyneth Paltrow strikes back at the 'mommy rage'

“As the mommy wars rage on, I am constantly perplexed and amazed by how little slack we cut each other as women,” she said.

“Is it not hard enough to attempt to raise children thoughtfully, while contributing something, or bringing home some (or more) of the bacon? Why do we feel so entitled to opine, often so negatively, on the choices of other women?”

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