The actress was part of a march of 82 women earlier this week, all campaigning for more female representation in Hollywood. Today, Salma Hayek also took part in the Kering Women In Motion talk at the Cannes Film Festival and there, she continued the very important discussion about women in the industry.
During an interview for Variety, the 51-year-old Mexican star opened up about the #MeToo movement and Harvey Weinstein’s scandal which started all.
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She mentioned the positive changes that have started to take place and how they help establish gender equality.
‘Personally, as a woman who’s been part of the community and had to go through the struggles all women had to go through, it is an important step to see this happen,’ she started.
We have to mention that the march she previously took part in had a special meaning as the number of women involved equals the total number of female directors who have ever made it at the Cannes Film Festival ever since its beginning.
About the protest, Salma said that there is still more work that has to be done to fully tackle the social problem of gender inequality.
‘It looked like we were a lot, but we were such a small number.’
The actress has been a big supporter of the Time’s Up and Me Too movements after talking openly about her experience with Harvey Weinstein, saying he pressured her into being intimate with him.
After Weinstein only reacted to her and Lupita N’yongo’s accusations against him, Salma argued: ‘He only responded to two women, two women of color. It was a strategy by the lawyers because we’re the easiest to get discredited. It’s a well-known fact, if you’re a woman of color, people believe what you say less. So he went attacking the two women of color, in hopes that if he could discredit us, he could then maybe discredit the rest.’