Hollywood actress, Gabrielle Union has opened up on her fertility issues and how her career has played a big role in holding her back from having children.
While most women have issues not being able to bare kids, the working class actress tells Redbook magazine that being too busy makes “you forget about your personal life”.
“So far, it has not happened for us,” she says about having kids with husband, Dwayne Wade. “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.”
While the 42-year-old is an extremely successful working actress, she says there have been some major consequences for putting her career first but on the flip side, she says that working women with children likewise face their own set of issues … especially when it comes to the workforce.
“The reality is that women are discriminated against in the workplace for being mothers,” she explains. “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.’”
Nevertheless, the ‘Bring It On’ alum seems happily married to her NBA superstar beau even though they are almost 10 years apart.
“I realized his friends, 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! 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,” she hilariously confesses.
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