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Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin spoke to a sold-out audience on Monday at the Sunday Film Festival for a Women in Film conversation. The long-time besties, who starred together once-upon-a-time in the must-see film Nine to Five, are pairing up again for a new Netflix series.
The two spoke about their careers and the importance of cultivating more power for women in Hollywood.
"We have to shame the studios for being so gender-biased," Fonda said. "We have to make sure that they realize they are being gender-biased so that they are self-conscious about it."
While Fonda acknowledged that women in the industry have made a lot of progress since she started, she stressed that there is still much work to be done. She urged movie audiences to go see movies made by women and to be very vocal about it.
"We have to show that movies made by women make money," she said, telling the audience to tweet about the films and tell friends to see them as well. "We just have to prove that we can be commercial."
Fonda also touched on the importance of maintaining relationships in your professional life, especially among women.
"The growing myth is that women don’t support each other. Women fight each other," she said. But she pointed out that the packed event, full of mostly women, showed that this is not the case.
The actress went on about the importance of female friendships, stating her belief that they are one of the reasons women live longer than men!
"We talk about different things. We delve deep. We go under, even if we haven’t seen each other for years," she said. "There are hormones that are released from women to other women that are healthy and do away with the stress hormones… We have to just hang together and help each other."
That is one piece of advice we can definitely take to heart. Here’s to more quality time with our BFFs!