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72 Quotes From Actresses Sick of Sexism in Hollywood

Shanee Edwards is a screenwriter who earned her master's degree at UCLA Film School. She recently won the Next MacGyver television writing competition to create a TV show about a female engineer. Her TV pilot, Ada and the Machine, is cur...

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It's 2017, but Hollywood is still a little bit ass-backwards. These celebs aren't about to keep quiet about it, though.

Updated by Sarah Long on 3/30/17

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Rebel Wilson

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Rebel Wilson

We love the way she's working it -- and can't get enough of herPitch Perfect performances.

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Sarah Silverman

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Sarah Silverman

We can always count on Sarah Silverman to have strong opinions that make way too much sense.

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Emma Thompson

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Emma Thompson

That takes courage, Emma! And your huge IMDb rap sheet shows that all your integrity paid off.

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Amy Poehler

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Amy Poehler

Hilarious, but also kind of true.

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Whoopi Goldberg

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Whoopi Goldberg

Now that's the spirit! It's easy to see how Goldberg became a triple threat: Comedian, actor and TV host.

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Susan Sarandon

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Susan Sarandon

Susan Sarandon tells it like it is.

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Mindy Kaling

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Mindy Kaling

Both a successful actress and writer, Kaling also rocked it as the character Disgust in the Pixar film Inside Out.

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Sandra Bullock

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Sandra Bullock

As the queen of rom-com, we know Bullock speaks the truth.

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Patricia Arquette

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Patricia Arquette

Arquette recently won an Oscar for her performance in Boyhood and currently stars in the television show CSI: Cyber.

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Carey Mulligan

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Carey Mulligan

Calling all screenwriters — let's write some amazing roles for Carey Mulligan! 

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Geena Davis

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Geena Davis

The Geena Davis Institute researches and educates people on gender in the media.

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Kristen Stewart

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Kristen Stewart

Just say "no" to chick flicks.

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Amy Adams

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Amy Adams

She's more than that.

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Amy Adams again

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Amy Adams again

Preach.

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Jane Fonda

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Jane Fonda

There's a reason Fonda is one of the most revered female trailblazers in Hollywood.

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Lena Dunham

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Lena Dunham

We love the way you Dunham keeps her feminist ideals at the forefront in Girls.

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Cate Blanchett

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Cate Blanchett

Always a class act in Hollywood, Blanchett gives us hope.

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Natalie Portman

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Natalie Portman

Child actor turned superstar, you can always count on Natalie Portman to dream big. 

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Michelle Rodriguez

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Michelle Rodriguez

There's nothing not to love about Rodriguez's dedication to achieving her dreams.

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Lily Tomlin

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Lily Tomlin

We can't believe no one's thought of this before.

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Keira Knightley

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Keira Knightley

We'd watch a Knightley-directed movie all day. 

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Mila Kunis

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Mila Kunis

Always outspoken, Kunis has never been known for pulling any punches at work or at play.

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Jennifer Garner

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Jennifer Garner

This just articulates the issue so well.

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Allison Janney

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Allison Janney

Allison Janney talks about a past interaction with an agent.

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Amber Tamblyn

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Amber Tamblyn

Amber Tamblyn says there is pressure in society to look a certain way. 

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America Ferrera

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America Ferrera

 America Ferrera says Hispanic women are beautiful with curves. 

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Anne Hathaway

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Anne Hathaway

 Anne Hathaway says that the image that's put out there for women to conform to annoys her.

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Ashley Judd

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Ashley Judd

 Ashley Judd says it's up to us to take pop culture back. 

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Cara Delevingne

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Cara Delevingne

 Cara Delevingne says superhero movies are totally sexist. 

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Elizabeth Banks

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Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks says sexism in Hollywood is not particularly overt. 

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Ellen DeGeneres

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Ellen DeGeneres

 Ellen DeGeneres says people give her a hard time for not wearing dresses.

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Ellen Page

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Ellen Page

 Ellen Page says you're at a loss if you don't fit that specific vision.

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Ellen Pompeo

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Ellen Pompeo

 Ellen Pompeo says there's a remarkable amount of sexism on TV.

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Ellie Kemper

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Ellie Kemper

Ellie Kemper says there's no difference in what women can bring to comedy as opposed to men. 

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Frances McDormand

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Frances McDormand

 Frances McDormand says women's pictures are as boring and as formulaic as men's.

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Helena Bonham Carter

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Helena Bonham Carter

 Helena Bonham Carter says she's become very angry and depressed by some roles she's been offered.

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Helen Mirren

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Helen Mirren

 Helen Mirren says it was tough when she was younger. 

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Jennifer Aniston

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Jennifer Aniston

 Jennifer Aniston says you don't see a lot of men getting asked why they're not married or having children.

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Jessica Chastain

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Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain wants to know why it's taking so long for a Scarlett Johansson superhero movie.

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Jessica Lange

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Jessica Lange

 Jessica Lange says Hollywood is a fantasy that has nothing to do with reality.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Julia Louis-Dreyfus says she's not denying the existence of sexism.

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Julia Roberts

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Julia Roberts

 Julia Roberts says we live in a panicked, dysmorphic society.

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Kate Winslet

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Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet says she feels lucky to be curvy. 

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Katey Sagal

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Katey Sagal

Katey Sagal says Married with Children was racy.

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Kathy Bates

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Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates says it's really tough for women in Hollywood.

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Kathy Griffin

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Kathy Griffin

Kathy Griffin says sexism in late-night talk shows is profound.

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Kerry Washington

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Kerry Washington

 Kerry Washington says she thinks gender is relevant.

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Kyra Sedgwick

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Kyra Sedgwick

Kyra Sedgwick says Hollywood is sexist and ageist.

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Maggie Smith

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Maggie Smith

Maggie Smith says you're lucky to get any roles as an older actress.

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Melissa McCarthy

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Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy says sexism is an intense sickness.

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Olivia Wilde

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Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde says it's really hard to get stories made that are about women.

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Oona Chaplin

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Oona Chaplin

Oona Chaplin says there's a lot of sexism and objectification in Hollywood.

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Oprah Winfrey

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Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey says excellence is the best deterrent to sexism.

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Roseanne Barr

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Roseanne Barr

Roseanne Barr says women should try to increase their size to be reckoned with.

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Rose McGowan

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Rose McGowan

Rose McGowan says that "director" should be a unisex term.

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Rosie Perez

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Rosie Perez

Rosie Perez says she never lets sexism be her problem.

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Salma Hayek

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Salma Hayek

 Salma Hayek says women make more than men in the porno industry.

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Sarah Michelle Gellar

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Sarah Michelle Gellar

Sarah Michelle Gellar says she loves that women can play the lead in a horror film in Asian culture.

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Shirley MacLaine

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Shirley MacLaine

Shirley MacLaine says she's made so many movies playing a hooker.

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Tina Fey

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Tina Fey

Tina Fey says to move on if no one is truly stopping you from doing what you want to do.

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Uma Thurman

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Uma Thurman

Uma Thurman says women are for add-on romance in films.

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Zoe Saldana

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Zoe Saldana

 Zoe Saldana says it's very hard being a woman in a man's world.

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Zooey Deschanel

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Zooey Deschanel

 Zooey Deschanel says it's sexist to think that somebody can't act in a girly way.

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Rooney Mara

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Rooney Mara

Rooney Mara says that the terminology used to describe actresses who have a point of view is unfair.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Julia Louis-Dreyfus wonders how many good, meaty movie roles are out there for women.

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Olivia Wilde

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Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde says she'll never again take Hollywood worship seriously.

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Priyanka Chopra

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Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra wonders why women can't have it all in their roles.

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Taraji P. Henson

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Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson says it was very important to her that her character not be a caricature.

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Viola Davis

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Viola Davis

Viola Davis says we've been fed a whole slew of lies about women. 

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Jennifer Lawrence

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Jennifer Lawrence

With this refreshing dose of honesty, now we love Hollywood's most "likable" funny girl even more.

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Heather Graham

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Heather Graham

Most women are still struggling in Tinseltown.

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Emma Watson

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Emma Watson

Emma Watson can do no wrong in our eyes.

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Brie Larson

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Brie Larson

Brie Larson tells it like it is when it comes to utterly sexist Hollywood casting calls.

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Gwyneth Paltrow

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Gwyneth Paltrow

Even dear Gwynnie has experienced this all-too-common sexist Hollywood BS.

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Nicole Kidman

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Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman inspires us with a solution to sexism: Give our girls more opportunities and lots of them.

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Meryl Streep

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Meryl Streep

All hail.

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