Blake Lively Shares How She Will Raise Empowered Daughters

posted: 07/31/17
by: Kristine Boyd

In an interview for Glamour, Blake Lively opened up about how she is raising her daughters in a society that challenges women to reach their full potential. Mom of two admits that she does not want to constantly have to tell her daughters that they are empowered. Blake quotes Sarah Silverman and says, "stop telling little girls that they can do anything. They already believe they can do anything. It opens the door for questions." She continues by saying, "we're all born feeling perfect until somebody tells us we're not. So there's nothing I can teach my daughter. She already has all of it. The only thing I can do is protect what she already feels."

Blake has noticed how the language in society has taught women that they are weak. She discussed how she will read scripts where they put emphasis on the fact that a woman felt empowered. However, scripts would never feel the need to stress that a man felt empowered because society says that it is an innate trait that all men have. When asked how she will deal with this Blake said, "I have no idea! I do know that I have to watch her and listen to her and not project any of my own insecurities or struggles on her."

Blake Lively and her husband, Ryan Reynolds, have also become more conscious of their language around their daughters. Everything a parent says at these vulnerable ages matters. Blake says that they try to use more female pronouns when referring to things. When they see an animal, instead of saying, "what's his name?" they will say, "what's her name?" They have also ruled out the word "bossy" in their household. "There would never be any negative connotation for a man being a boss, so to add a negative connotation on a woman being bossy? It's belittling. And it doesn't encourage them to be a boss," Blake explains.

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When it comes to parenting, we think that Blake and Ryan have got it down. We agree that the best way to teach young girls to be empowered is by not telling them they are empowered in the first place. We are excited to hear more advice from this power couple as they raise their two beautiful girls!

Via: Glamour