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Reese Witherspoon Wants More Women's Content, Not Just "Mommy Blogs"

"I’m not talking about mommy blogs and 14 ways to cook a turkey."

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This week, at the Wall Street Journal's Innovator Awards, Witherspoon spoke about the rampant sexism in Hollywood, including the wave of sexual abuse allegations coming to the surface.

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"I don’t know if you guys heard, but there has been a lot of stuff going on in Hollywood,” Witherspoon said in a speech at the event. “We’ve been dealing with some really ugly truth of sexism and sexual harassment, and it has been rampant for far longer than I have been an actress, and it’s brought back a lot of painful memories for people."

She continued:

It’s been a real time of reckoning for us, and there is a definitely a growing realization that we need to take the time to really examine the biases that exist in our industry and make much-needed change. Because this is not an issue about actors and actresses, this is a bigger issue about power. I think we have to turn a critical eye about female leadership in Hollywood and whether that’s encouraged or even allowed, because you can’t have accountability or awareness of different perspectives if women are not at the decision-making table.

Witherspoon — who attended the event with her daughter, Ava — also spoke about the need for more content for women.

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"I don’t really believe that we’ve been seeing the full spectrum of the female experience, and that is simply because women’s stories are not prioritized," she said. "And I’m not talking about mommy blogs and 14 ways to cook a turkey."

Outside of her speech, Witherspoon made a pointed comment about the opportunities men are given in Hollywood, particularly in directing roles.

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I wasn’t being offered opportunities to grow my company until I got that third hit. A guy has one hit at Sundance, and he gets Jurassic World," Witherspoon told the Wall Street Journal, referring to director Colin Trevorrow, who was hired for Jurassic World with only one other theatrical feature film credit, Safety Not Guaranteed, under his belt.

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