Nicole Kidman has penned an open letter in the Winter edition of PORTER magazine urging women to come together to ‘support and celebrate each other’.
Written for the publication’s ‘Incredible Women’ issue alongside ballerina Misty Copeland and Fox News whistle blower Gretchen Carlson, the Oscar-winning actress and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador addresses her ‘3.5 billion strong and beautiful sisters’ on the subject of equality and rallying together in ‘a still unequal world’.
‘The idea that women and men are equal is part of my DNA. I was raised by a strong feminist mother and a fully supportive father, so it never occurred to me that I should be at a disadvantage because I was born a girl,’ Kidman began.
In the letter, the actress identifies this upbringing as a key component of her successful career as both an actress and a producer.
‘It has guided my choices to often portray strong, independent women who went against the expectations of society. And it has been my driving force to make it in an industry that is still largely run by men,’ Kidman expanded.
She also discusses how her work for the UN, a role she has held for over ten years, has helped her ‘understand the barrier that women around the world are facing.’
‘Each of us, in ways big or small, will come across challenges, often arising out of the fact that we are women in a still unequal world. It has happened to me; I am sure it has to you. In those moments, I like to think of those who have my back, who lifted me up and encouraged me to believe in myself. And I think of the inspiring solidarity I experienced when meeting with survivors of violence during my travels for UN Women.’
Kidman concludes by calling on women around the world to work together.
‘More than ever I am aware of the need to support and celebrate each other ... Imagine: if you can fall back on the 3.5 billion sisters, and the many good men who are with us, what could we possibly not achieve?’
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