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Reese Witherspoon's Essay About Being Ambitious Is The Best Thing You'll Read Today

"Run away from a man who can't handle your ambition."

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In an essay for Glamour, Reese Witherspoon shared her thoughts on what being an ambitious woman meant to her.

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Witherspoon talked about her early career when all actresses would be auditioning for the one female part. And – when she landed a role – she would often be the only girl with a speaking part.

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Witherspoon wrote, "There were also no women in the crew: Maybe a girl or two in the wardrobe department, but no one in any other department. I was literally surrounded by 150 men. I remember thinking it was odd that women made up half the population but such small percentages of roles in Hollywood, on and off the screen."

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Witherspoon said it's better today, but still needs a lot of work. She is now producing film and television with an emphasis on strong, female roles and roles for women behind the camera.

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Most notably, Witherspoon produced Big Little Lies for HBO which cast five female actresses from 25 to 50 years old. She said, "People want to see dynamic women onscreen. We had a pretty gender-balanced audience too, proving men are interested in women’s lives."

And all of her hard work has been noticed by her older children. She wrote, "It means a lot to me to have two kids who support my ambition to change perceptions of women."

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Witherspoon said that women should never downplay their hopes and dreams, especially if it’s out of fear or to gain the approval of men.

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"When I saw the recent Harvard study that found that single female M.B.A. students downplayed their career ambitions in front of male classmates for fear of possibly hurting their marriage prospects, I thought, UGH. Run away from a man who can’t handle your ambition. Run. So many men think ambition is awesome and sexy!"

Witherspoon is walking the walk. She started her own production company to create more roles for women. Today she is working on about 23 projects that feature great female characters.

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She is working on a film about an astronaut, an entrepreneur who invented Barbie, and a film about the brave American women who served alongside Special Ops in Afghanistan.

She also says no matter how ambitious you are, you still have to do the work and prove yourself.

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She said, "I think there’s this fallacy that because I’ve been an actor, people are going to hand me stuff. Nobody hands me anything. I’ll wake up earlier; I’ll stay up later. I will put my money where my mouth is. I have to read faster, and I respond quicker than other producers. I have to call and call and call executives until they say yes to my projects."

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