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News: Cate Blanchett concerned about “women’s rights being rescinded” (Sky News)

cateThe Hollywood starlet speaks about her concern for the advances in women’s rights being “rescinded” under a concerning new wave of global conservatism, in an interview with Sky News.

Blanchett  spoke to Sky News in London while promoting her new film Blue Jasmine.  The Woody Allen film is based on a true story about a New York socialite whose life falls apart after her financier husband is exposed as a fraud.  Blanchett discussed her working relationship with Director Woody Allen and described it as “surprisingly great”.  Allen famously has had high-profile relationships with women, as well as made many of his leading ladies his muses.  However, Blanchett voiced her concerns about the trajectory of women’s rights.

After reading “Misogyny Factor”, a book by Australian Feminist Anne Summers, Blanchett believes that many of the advances that have been made in the arena of women’s rights are gradually being rescinded.  She says that the new wave of global conservatism is having an effect on how “women perceive their place in the world”.  Blanchett also quoted recent statistics published in Australia on Equal Pay for Equal Work, where women are estimated as being paid 30% less than equal male counterparts, Blanchett claims it is “remarkable that this still takes place”.

When asked about the treatment of  Former Australian PM Julia Gillard (Australia’s first female Prime Minister) Blanchett said “Talk about the misogyny factor!”…”whether you admire her as a politician or not, as a women and out of respect for the Office of the Prime Minister…well, that wasn’t particularly respected was it?”.  She also described the treatment of Gillard as “quite shocking”, but says she wouldn’t consider a career in politics herself.

For the full story: http://news.sky.com/story/1143020/cate-blanchett-equality-for-women-being-lost

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One comment on “News: Cate Blanchett concerned about “women’s rights being rescinded” (Sky News)

  1. Ana
    September 19, 2013

    Good for her to speak up! Just as we take women’s rights for granted, that’s when global conservatism has a space to grow stronger.

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