Cate Blanchett learned the most beautiful lesson by becoming a mom

Mar 24, 2015 at 1:56 p.m. ET
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Cate Blanchett recently revealed her decision to adopt a baby girl, and during her interview with the upcoming April issue of Vogue Australia, she spoke about the beautiful lessons that she has learned from becoming a mother.

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Blanchett has named her adopted daughter Edith Vivian Patricia Upton, and although little Edith is the Cinderella actress's first girl, she is not her first child. Blanchett is also the proud mother of three boys: Dashiell, Roman and Ignatius, who she shares with her playwright husband Andrew Upton.

Speaking of motherhood, she said, "Children certainly teach one about compromise. I think before having children the idea of compromise rubbed shoulders with weakness or deception in some way."

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"Children are spirited, passionate, political, demanding. They are also heartbreaking. They constantly extend parents and so parents are constantly confronted with their failures, don't you think? I'd rather presently live life this way than not," she confessed to the mag.

Yet aside from lovingly speaking about her children during her interview with Vogue Australia, Blanchett touched on how gender inequality still exists within Hollywood (and other industries) and how women often receive much lower wages than their male counterparts.

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"People were surprised?" she said of those who were shocked to discover the inequalities. "There are countless industries around the world where women in top positions are not equally remunerated for equal work."

It's not just inequalities in remuneration, though; there is also ageism when it comes to women in Hollywood, and many tend to be forgotten once they pass their prime. Addressing this issue, Blanchett noted that female audiences are actually driving the change.

"Female audiences are driving the change, I think. Women don't stop consuming cultural product once they stop menstruating," she explained — and she makes a very good point.