72 Quotes From Actresses Sick of Sexism in Hollywood

by Shanee Edwards
Mar 31, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. ET

1/78 :Reese Witherspoon

We're so inspired by Witherspoon! We also can't wait to see which leading role she chooses next.

2/78 :Rebel Wilson

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

3/78 :Sarah Silverman

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

4/78 :Emma Thompson

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

5/78 :Amy Poehler

Hilarious, but also kind of true.

6/78 :Whoopi Goldberg

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

7/78 :Susan Sarandon

Susan Sarandon tells it like it is.

8/78 :Mindy Kaling

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

9/78 :Sandra Bullock

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

10/78 :Patricia Arquette

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

11/78 :Carey Mulligan

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

12/78 :Geena Davis

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

13/78 :Kristen Stewart

Just say "no" to chick flicks.

14/78 :Amy Adams

She's more than that.

15/78 :Amy Adams again


16/78 :Jane Fonda

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

17/78 :Lena Dunham

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

18/78 :Cate Blanchett

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

19/78 :Natalie Portman

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

20/78 :Michelle Rodriguez

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

21/78 :Lily Tomlin

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

22/78 :Keira Knightley

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

23/78 :Mila Kunis

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

24/78 :Jennifer Garner

This just articulates the issue so well.

25/78 :Allison Janney

Allison Janney talks about a past interaction with an agent.

26/78 :Amber Tamblyn

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

27/78 :America Ferrera

 America Ferrera says Hispanic women are beautiful with curves. 

28/78 :Anne Hathaway

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

29/78 :Ashley Judd

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

30/78 :Cara Delevingne

 Cara Delevingne says superhero movies are totally sexist. 

31/78 :Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks says sexism in Hollywood is not particularly overt. 

32/78 :Ellen DeGeneres

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

33/78 :Ellen Page

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

34/78 :Ellen Pompeo

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

35/78 :Ellie Kemper

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

36/78 :Frances McDormand

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

37/78 :Helena Bonham Carter

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

38/78 :Helen Mirren

 Helen Mirren says it was tough when she was younger. 

39/78 :Jennifer Aniston

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

40/78 :Jessica Chastain

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

41/78 :Jessica Lange

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

42/78 :Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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

43/78 :Julia Roberts

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

44/78 :Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet says she feels lucky to be curvy. 

45/78 :Katey Sagal

Katey Sagal says Married with Children was racy.

46/78 :Kathy Bates

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

47/78 :Kathy Griffin

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

48/78 :Kerry Washington

 Kerry Washington says she thinks gender is relevant.

49/78 :Kyra Sedgwick

Kyra Sedgwick says Hollywood is sexist and ageist.

50/78 :Maggie Smith

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

51/78 :Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy says sexism is an intense sickness.

52/78 :Olivia Wilde

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

53/78 :Oona Chaplin

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

54/78 :Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey says excellence is the best deterrent to sexism.

55/78 :Roseanne Barr

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

56/78 :Rose McGowan

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

57/78 :Rosie Perez

Rosie Perez says she never lets sexism be her problem.

58/78 :Salma Hayek

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

59/78 :Sarah Michelle Gellar

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

60/78 :Shirley MacLaine

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

61/78 :Tina Fey

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

62/78 :Uma Thurman

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

63/78 :Zoe Saldana

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

64/78 :Zooey Deschanel

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

65/78 :Rooney Mara

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

66/78 :Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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

67/78 :Olivia Wilde

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

68/78 :Priyanka Chopra

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

69/78 :Taraji P. Henson

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

70/78 :Viola Davis

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

71/78 :Jennifer Lawrence

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

72/78 :Heather Graham

Most women are still struggling in Tinseltown.

73/78 :Emma Watson

Emma Watson can do no wrong in our eyes.

74/78 :Brie Larson

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

75/78 :Gwyneth Paltrow

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

76/78 :Nicole Kidman

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

77/78 :Meryl Streep

All hail.