GABRIELLE UNION: ‘THE PENANCE FOR BEING A CAREER WOMAN IS BARRENNESS’

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It’s not that Gabrielle Union doesn’t want kids, it’s just that she has a booming career that won’t allow her to start a family. The actress tells Redbook magazine that her life as an actress poses a challenge to her dream of becoming a mother.

“So far, it has not happened for us,” says Gabrielle of her and husband Dwyane Wade’s hopes for having kids. “A lot of my friends deal with this,” adds the star.

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Mrs. Wade further explains, “There’s a certain amount of shame that is placed on women who have perhaps chosen a career over starting a family younger. The penance for being a career woman is barrenness. You feel like you’re wearing a scarlet letter.”

In that scarlet letter is a great deal of prejudice as Gabrielle explains, “The reality is that women are discriminated against in the workplace for being mothers. As much as there are strides being made — you get pregnant, your career takes a hit. You can’t have a bad day. Don’t you dare cry at work. Don’t raise your voice. Especially if you’re a black woman in corporate America — now you’re ‘the angry black woman.”

Do you think the veteran actress is right? Are there embedded biases in corporate America that make juggling motherhood with career aspirations difficult? Share your thoughts below!

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Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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