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Gabrielle Union: Women have it tough

Published 14/09/2015

Gabrielle Union
Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union thinks women are forced to feel shame if they choose a career over starting a family.

The American actress has opened up to Redbook in a candid new interview, revealing her views on women, work and motherhood.

She married Dwyane Wade last year and is stepmother to his sons Zion and Xavier from previous relationships. They are yet to have children of their own, though Gabrielle hasn't ruled it out.

"So far, it has not happened for us. A lot of my friends deal with this. 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," she sighed.

“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.'”

Luckily the 42-year-old hasn't experienced any career lows since becoming a stepmom.

Just before the couple became engaged in 2013, Dwyane, 33, conceived Xavier with long-time friend Aja Metoyer, while he and Gabrielle were on a break.

The couple are now stronger than ever, and despite an age difference of nearly ten years, Gabrielle and her basketballer beau are on the same page.

“His teammates, were conceived when I was, like, a senior in high school. I was in high school at the same time as their parents!” she laughed.

“Sometimes he’ll be like, ‘Oh, my God, he’s so old!’ about someone who’s 35. But, Dwyane’s an old 33, and I’m a young 42, so it balances out.”

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