Jessica Alba, who rose to fame as an actress and cemented her business legacy and net worth by co-founding one of the biggest baby brands around, recently opened up about the #MeToo movement, saying it’s “about time” that women are given access to tell their stories and predatory men face consequences for their actions.
During an interview with CNN’s Talk Asia program, she spoke about how she’s experienced sexual harassment throughout her career from the very beginning.
She broke into the industry when she was just 12 years old and had to immediately resign herself to the thought process that this would be “the way you were going to be treated.”
Alba speaks about how she wishes she had female mentors when she was coming up in the business who would have helped mentally and emotionally prepare her for the onslaught of attention she would receive.
She admits that she attempted to just get used to it but that never really happens.
The actress and businesswoman even revealed that she likely could have gotten other roles if she would have succumbed to certain suggestions and sexual advances by men in power.
That wasn’t something she was willing to do or compromise throughout her career.
Alba, who is now a mother of three, says she feels very strongly about this topic and has started teaching her daughters about the importance of listening to their bodies and their intuition.
She conveys to them regularly that there are “warning signs and there’s that feeling in your stomach” that will help them navigate interactions and encounters with men.
It’s sad that young girls must be taught these things at such a young age but one thing is for sure, regardless of industry, economic ability or age, abuses occur and must be brought to light.