‘I still get asked questions my male counterparts don’t’: Oscar winner Cate Blanchett says feminist conversation ‘hasn’t changed since 1971’ as she portrays icon Phyllis Schlafly
Oscar winner Cate Blachett is about to star as 1970s anti-feminist Phyllis Schlafly on Foxtel’s new mini-series, Mrs America.
Speaking to Sunday Life this week, the 50-year-old actress reflected on the state of contemporary feminism – saying not that much has changed.
Cate revealed she was recently asked a question on marriage and career in an interview, which angered her.
‘I still get asked questions my male counterparts don’t’: Oscar winner Cate Blanchett, 50, (pictured) has said the feminist conversation ‘hasn’t changed since 1971’ to Sunday Life
‘Here we are in 2020 and we’re still being asked those same questions that my male counterparts just do not get asked,’ she said.
‘I don’t think the conversation has really changed around that since 1971, when Mrs. America starts.’
Cate said she didn’t like the underdone that women “alone” were the ones who were forced to make life work.
‘Here we are in 2020 and we’re still being asked those same questions that my male counterparts just do not get asked,’ Cate told the publication
‘Whether we spend our time primarily in the home, or in the workforce and also have a family, or we just devote ourselves entirely to our career, there is still a sense that we alone have to make it work and that if we fail, it’s our responsibility,’ she said.
Cate is an outspoken women’s rights activist and UNHCR ambassador, with her playing right-wing figure Phyllis Schlafly.
Phyllis successfully argued against the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, political views which are different to those of Cate.
Inspiration: Speaking to the Daily Telegraph last week, Cate admitted that her mother, June, grew up with the sensibility of identifying as a self-actualised woman Pictured: May, 2015
Speaking to the Sunday Telegraph last week, Care revealed her journey to feminism began as a teenager when she was inspired by her school teacher mother, June.
‘You know, there was a stigma around identifying as a self-actualised woman who felt like she could achieve anything in line with her male counterparts,’ she said.
Cate continued: ‘My mother grew up with that sensibility, even though she was a single working parent, with all of the challenges that entails.’
The Ocean’s 8 star admitted while her mother didn’t identify as a feminist, she did.
Family time: The actress is making the most of her time in isolation, clocking in some family time with her family in East Sussex, England. Pictured with her husband Andrew Upton
And it appears the Armani ambassador is making the most of her time in isolation, clocking in some family time with her family in East Sussex, England.
The iconic film star has been married to former Sydney Theatre director Andrew Upton since 1997.
The couple share three four children: sons Dashiell, 19, Roman, 16, Ignatius, 11 and adopted daughter, Edith, five.
Playing opposites! Cate stars as 1970s anti-feminist Phyllis Schlafly on Foxtel’s new mini-series, Mrs America
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