Natalie Portman unleashed a scathing monologue aimed at attacking sexism and misogyny at Variety’s Power of Women event.
In the speech, 37-year-old Portman criticised the way the entertainment industry treats women and encourages them to dismantle the patriarchal culture that allows such sexist narratives to persist.
She began by indicting Harvey Weinstein and the justice system’s decision to drop a charge from his case.
“Harvey Weinstein, the man whose name has become synonymous with ‘serial rapist', might never suffer any legal consequence.”
She went on to dismantle the myth that women don’t occupy a position of power because they choose to be mothers instead.
There are too many that don't choose to have children, do not yet have children, or have grown children to account for the gaping lack of women in leadership positions in almost every industry.
She also encouraged women to surround themselves with a diverse community and become allies to marginalised and minority groups.
If any group you’re in has only people who look like you, change that group.
It’s an awakening experience to hear from women who have different experiences of marginalisation. Be embarrassed if everyone in your workplace looks like you. Pay attention to physical ability, age, race, sexual orientation, gender identity.
Don't shy away from consequences for those who abuse their power. [They're] not going to have a change of behaviour out of the goodness of their hearts.