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Carey Mulligan: Women aren’t weaklings

Published 30/09/2015

Carey Mulligan
Carey Mulligan

Pregnant actress Carey Mulligan is excited to enter the “next phase” of her life after she gives birth.

(Cover) - EN Showbiz - Carey Mulligan thinks it’s insane to equate women with weakness.

The 30-year-old actress portrays Maud Watts in forthcoming historical drama Suffragette, which centres on the women who battled for civil rights during the early feminist movement.

Carey believes sexism is still rampant in society and is angered when overhearing someone talk about a strong female lead, because she is convinced the concept is nonsense.

“You don’t say to men: ‘You played another really strong man’,” she told Elle UK. “The idea that women are inherently weak – and we’ve identified the few strong ones to tell stories about – is mad.”

Carey’s character Maud is a foot soldier for Meryl Streep’s persona Emmeline Pankhurst.

The first wave of feminists committed dangerous acts to get their voices heard, with many sacrificing their lives.

Carey is unsure whether she would fight for women’s rights the same way in present day.

“You’d like to think that you would [but] you’re a product of your time,” she explained. “I can express my opinion, but I’ve never had to fight, to stand up for anything. And the notion of walking into a gallery with a knife and destroying a piece of art, that seems unbelievably terrifying to me. And that’s just one, tame example of what they did.”

Carey doesn’t believe one gender is superior to another.

She thinks the world would be better off if everyone had an equal say.

“Someone asked me yesterday, ‘Do you think it would be a better world if it were run by women?’ And the answer is no, I think it would be a better world if it were run equally – we’re still so far from that,” she noted.

Carey, who is notoriously private about her personal affairs, is currently expecting her first child with husband Marcus Mumford.

And she can’t wait to become a parent.

“I’ve always wanted to be a mother. I love what I do, but I’m excited for this next phase of my life,” she smiled.

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