“Run away from a man who can’t handle your ambition.”
In an essay for Glamour, Reese Witherspoon shared her thoughts on what being an ambitious woman meant to her.
Witherspoon talked about her early career when all actresses would be auditioning for the one female part. And – when she landed a role – she would often be the only girl with a speaking part.
Witherspoon wrote, “There were also no women in the crew: Maybe a girl or two in the wardrobe department, but no one in any other department. I was literally surrounded by 150 men. I remember thinking it was odd that women made up half the population but such small percentages of roles in Hollywood, on and off the screen.”
Witherspoon said it’s better today, but still needs a lot of work. She is now producing film and television with an emphasis on strong, female roles and roles for women behind the camera.
Most notably, Witherspoon produced Big Little Lies for HBO which cast five female actresses from 25 to 50 years old. She said, “People want to see dynamic women onscreen. We had a pretty gender-balanced audience too, proving men are interested in women’s lives.”
And all of her hard work has been noticed by her older children. She wrote, “It means a lot to me to have two kids who support my ambition to change perceptions of women.”