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Reese Witherspoon is not timid when it comes to addressing sexism in Hollywood, as she's proved in the past. Most recently, the mom of three and Oscar winner took advantage of the platform she had Tuesday night at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards in New York.
The star of Wild and producer of Gone Girl was recognized during the celebration for her production company Pacific Standard as well as being honored for her booming fashion line, Draper James.
With peers including Amy Schumer, Martha Stewart, Victoria Beckham and Caitlyn Jenner in the audience, Witherspoon offered up an impressive speech while poking fun at the issues of sexism and ageism in the movie-making industry.
"I hope Amy Schumer - and all the other incredible nominees - that you'll give me the rights to your biopic first," the actress joked. "Although, Amy, I'm five years older than you, so I'll probably have to play your grandmother in the movie, by Hollywood standards, and you'll probably have to play your own mother."
Moving onto sexism, Witherspoon has remained adamant in developing films with female leads that draw in both female and male audiences. More than that, developing films with female leads that win awards and receive the appropriate accreditation.
She continued, "My mother, a very strong Southern woman said to me, 'If you want something done, Honey, do it yourself."
Throwing it back to 2001, Witherspoon teased, "Like Elle Woods, I do not like to be underestimated."
"Films with women at the center are not a public service project. They are a big-time, bottom-line enhancing, money-making commodity," alluding to last year's blockbusters Wild and Gone Girl — in which Witherspoon herself was the lead in the former.
"Ladies and gentlemen, I think we are in a cultural crisis in every field, in every industry. Women are underrepresented and underpaid in leadership positions," the 39-year-old added. "No wonder we don't have the healthcare we deserve or the paid family leave or public access to early education. And that really worries me. How can we expect legislation with our rights and needs being preserved if we don't have equal representation?"
In her closing remarks, Witherspoon turned to her fans for an intimate word with them. "I believe ambition is not a dirty word. It's just believing in yourself and your abilities."
Finally, "Imagine this: What would happen if we were all brave enough to believe in our own ability? To be a little bit more ambitious? I think the world would change."